Law enforcement, mentally ill is panel topic

The Modesto-Stanislaus NAACP will hold a panel discussion about how law enforcement officials work with the mentally ill Thursday in west Modesto.

The discussion is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the King-Kennedy Memorial Center, 601 Martin Luther King Drive in Modesto.

The event is free and open to the public.

The discussion will include an overview of the partnership between law enforcement and mental health officials, identifying mental illness, mental health treatment of jail inmates and training for authorities interacting with mentally ill people during critical incidents.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has organized the panel discussion in conjunction with the Modesto Police Department, Stanislaus County Behavioral Health Services, the Stanislaus County district attorney's office and the National Alliance for Mental Illness.