Two-Fold First Responders?

Demand for the services of “mobile crisis units”—which send trained professionals as first responders to mental health crises— is skyrocketing in the wake of recent calls to reduce police involvement in psychological crises.
Many programs still rely on law enforcement—an idea that may not sit well with those calling for the police to be cut out of these interactions.
Other programs use only mental health professionals or a  blended, “co-responder” model. In that system, mental health workers work alongside law enforcement officers. Advocates say links to law enforcement give these lesser-known programs access to calls that wouldn’t reach them otherwise.

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