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Dr. Ameil Joseph speaking infront of city hall

Hamilton police not mental health professionals

School of Social Work Associate Professor Ameil Joseph talks police-run mental health programming in opinion piece for the Hamilton Spectator.

Oct 02, 2020

I am a social worker, I am a professor of social work, I train social workers, I have over a decade of practice experience in mental health in supportive housing, crisis respite, assertive community treatment, early intervention and not-for-profit board governance settings, I have also written a book on forensic mental health in Canada, and published my work in peer-reviewed journals and conferences across Canada, the US, and in Europe.

We can and should support and fund mental health services that attend to social determinants of well-being and acknowledge systemic discrimination within services, practices, policies, and law. Mental health services are underfunded and should not be diverted to policing budgets and programming led and governed by those without knowledge in these areas.

Read the full article in the Hamilton Spectator.