Police mental health crisis response teams are an alternative to traditional police intervention

The William D. Blake building, headquarters of Chapel Hill Police Department. (Mx. Granger / Wikimedia Commons)

As the needs of communities develop, the roles of those that serve can as well. One way this is happening locally is with a new kind of first response team, dispatched to address mental health concerns, and other smaller community-based issues. These programs are developing as cities look for alternative response methods to police intervention for every 911 call.

Hannah Noel has the story. 

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