Mental health unit responds to police calls

A unit made up of Fort Smith police officers and one mental health official responds to calls related to mental health and substance abuse.  The co-response crisis intervention unit was originally established in 2020. Two mental health officials joined the team in June, Police Chief Danny Baker said.  Two officers […]

A unit made up of Fort Smith police officers and one mental health official responds to calls related to mental health and substance abuse. 

The co-response crisis intervention unit was originally established in 2020. Two mental health officials joined the team in June, Police Chief Danny Baker said. 

Two officers and one mental health official make up the unit now, but there are spots for four officers and two mental health officials. Baker said it is a priority to get this team fully staffed and add more officers to the unit. 

“The workload that they’re carrying is incredible,” Baker said. 

The goal is to deescalate mental health crises to get those people help. 

As well as responding to calls, every day the unit goes through other officers’ reports, looking for ones that have to do with mental health and substance abuse. The unit then responds as a team to those cases and tries to make contact with the people involved to connect them with community resources, Officer Cheri Taylor said. 

https://www.swtimes.com/story/news/2022/05/20/mental-health-unit-responds-police-calls/9745368002/

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