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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.