Veta Robbins Segal helped start an early Twin Cities foundation that addressed how law enforcement officers respond to people in mental health crisis. Segal died in October. She was 86 and lived in Minnetonka.
Segal was a social worker and community advocate, who spent her life fighting for social justice. She was instrumental in creating the Barbara Schneider Foundation and was passionate about its purpose to improve the response to those in mental health crisis. The foundation formed in response to the death of Schneider on June 12, 2000, when she was shot by police during a confrontation in a mental health crisis call. Segal was very active for years with the foundation, which works with partners in law enforcement, courts, corrections, mental health, social service and health care systems to improve the response to those in mental health crisis and to prevent mental health crises.
Segal was a friend of Schneider.
Segal also worked on other social justice causes including affordable housing, She was active in her synagogue and community, and enjoyed spending time with friends and family.
Segal is survived by four adult children and their families, a sister, and niece sand nephews.
Services have been held. Memorials are preferred to the Barbara Schneider Foundation.