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Virtual Screening of 25-Minute Excerpt with Panel Discussion and Q&A
January 21, 2021– 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Featuring a panel discussion with a Bennington Police Officer, Mobile Crisis Clinician from United Counseling Services, and Person with Lived Experience.
ERNIE & JOE: Crisis Cops documentary is an intimate portrait of two officers from the San Antonio Police Department’s 20-person Mental Health Unit who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls. The film takes audiences on a personal journey, weaving together their experiences during their daily encounters with people in crisis. Guns tucked away, Ernie and Joe de-escalate confrontations, divert people to desperately needed mental health services, and save lives.
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT: While making my last film, MOTHERS OF BEDFORD, it became evident to me that there were many people with untreated mental illness sitting behind bars. Upon learning of the innovative work of the SAPD mental health unit and meeting Ernie and Joe in person I felt compelled to make this film. Their jail diversion work is humane and desperately needed to improve not only the health of the mentally ill, but also of their families. – Jenifer McShane
HOSTING ORGANIZATIONS: NAMI Vermont and Team Two Vermont
CO-SPONSORS: United Counseling Service (UCS), Vermont Criminal Justice Council-Vermont Police Academy, Team Two Vermont, and NAMI Vermont
Access to the full-length documentary will be available after the event.