The topic tonight is "In Times of Crisis -- Who Should You Call?" -- the speaker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who is second in command at our county behavioral services office. husband is going with me, too, which I'm VERY pleased about. He and I agree that there may come a day with difficult child 1 that we woud have to call the police to intervene. Things are better with him since we got him on Tegretol, but he's not out of the woods yet. He still has meltdowns, though not as severe. I'm hopeful the psychiatrist can help us get him better stabilized this summer. But until that happens, we both would feel better knowing how best to call for help in a crisis. I'm going to contact our local police dept. also, since I learned that they have the ability to flag a resident's phone number in their system as having a special needs family member, and they have a liaison who is trained in dealing with special needs people so that when a call comes in, they know to approach whatever situations that might come up with more sensitivity (i.e., not coming in with sirens and lights ablaze and guns drawn) and to try to minimize the drama and not escalate a situation that's already emotionally charged. I was told that if someone is behaving dangerously or uncooperatively, there's still a chance they'd be handcuffed, but they would do whatever's possible to diffuse the situation and help transport to the hospital if needed. I'll let you know what we learn!