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San Diego County Launches First Responders Behavioral Health Support Program



San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, behavioral health experts, first responders and the father of the late Cal Fire Captain Ryan J. Mitchell gathered Tuesday at the County Administration Center to announce a new behavioral health support program for first responders.

The program is now available to provide confidential mental health and substance abuse services to firefighters, emergency medical services technicians, members of law enforcement agencies, 911 dispatchers, lifeguards and probation officers in San Diego County.

Fletcher initially introduced the policy to create and fund the program in September 2019 and it was passed by the Board of Supervisors. Since then the county has been developing the program and conducting outreach to first responders in partnership with its program administrator, Pathways.

“Our first responders deal with traumatic circumstances and they experience stressful situations while on duty,”  Fletcher said. “By launching this behavioral health crisis line we are creating a better way to protect and support the lives of those who are sworn to protect us.” READ MORE