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“We live in an age of fear of mental health crises; when movie goers may feel compelled to scan the audience before taking a seat, and a Senator files a wrongful death suit against his state to ensure that his personal tragedy is not repeated,” said RI International CEO and President David Covington. “The fact is, as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states, only 3-5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness (SMI), and those with SMI are 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crimes than the general population. What people don’t know is that all too often those seeking help for a mental health crisis suffer for hours and even days awaiting treatment in hospital emergency rooms, as was the case for Senator Creigh Deed’s son. We created this video because we want the people of Arizona to know that this state has specifically trained and accessible behavioral health providers who immediately respond to those in crisis, and we’re working hard (and in concert) to ensure these services to all Arizonans,” added Covington.