Behavioral health experts say Alaska needs a new way to help those in crisis

You never forget the first time you call the police on your own child. Or the fifth time. Or the tenth.

Ellen’s son Justin wasn’t yet old enough to vote when she picked up the phone to dial 911 for the first time.

“It’s kind of hard to tell whether it was hormones that kicked in or depression for our son,” Ellen said. (Her name and the name of her son have been changed to protect their privacy.) “Which was the chicken and which was the egg we’re not sure.”

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