WASHINGTON, DC – PA U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is launching a measure called the LEAD Initiative – two bills which would reduce calls to 9-1-1 systems regarding non-criminal emergencies and provide training to law enforcement on interacting with people with disabilities, including those experiencing a mental health crisis. Casey proposed the initiative after meeting with the family of Ricardo Munoz of Lancaster. Munoz was killed after he was shot by a Lancaster Police officer when Munoz attacked the officer with a knife. The measure diverts non-criminal, non-fire, and non-medical emergency calls from 9-1-1 systems to state and regional 2-1-1 systems, while providing funding to improve 2-1-1 systems. It also creates an oversight system comprised of community members who represent older adults, people with disabilities, ethnic and racial community members, and members of other communities. It also provides grants to enable non-profit disability organizations to develop training programs that support safe interactions between law enforcement and those with disabilities.

SEN. BOB CASEY