January 7, 2020 | WHYY
Missing and Mentally Ill: How Much Does the Public Need to Know?
The Philadelphia Police Department used to routinely include mental health information in its public missing persons reports — until one reporter started raising questions about privacy and public safety.
“It’s often a shortcut or shorthand that is used to express a false belief that individuals with mental illness are violent,” Dominic Sisti, PhD, says in the interview.
Listen in around the 8:19 mark to hear Dr. Sisti.