Local officials outline plans for clinicians, case managers to respond to mental health calls countywide
County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and District Attorney Summer Stephan on Monday highlighted a new initiative that allows clinicians to respond to mental health calls — instead of police — and said the effort will expand countywide by mid-summer.
The efforts come as communities across the nation push for alternative responses to these types of emergencies, citing police-involved shootings in which officers have injured or killed the person experiencing a mental health crisis.
“Mobile Crisis Response Teams are a better way to respond to these calls,” Fletcher said, adding that the mere presence of an officer or deputy can escalate some situations. READ MORE.