ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque became one of the first cities to work with Washington on a nationwide problem.
Saturday, the public joined the conversation at the National Hispanic Cultural Center for one of the first summit meetings in the nation.
The topic was mental health.
Washington chose Albuquerque to find which local programs for the mentally ill are working and which are not.
Some programs were created after confrontations, including when police shot and killed people with mental disorders and after police were shot by mentally ill people.
But, those who are violent against others are only a small fraction of New Mexico's mentally ill population.
The summit was open to the public and all ideas will head to national lawmakers.
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