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Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago to Dispatch Mental Health Experts on 911 Calls Instead of Cops

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago to Dispatch Mental Health Experts on 911 Calls Instead of Cops

Mental health professionals paired with paramedics will supersede cops on some Chicago 911 calls in a first for Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s troubled city. The Chicago Times reports in one future pilot program, a paramedic will be dispatched alongside a noetic health clinician for “behavioral health calls.”

In another, a paramedic will work with a “recovery specialist” on calls involving substance abuse. The replication restructure comes as Chicago Police pension board figures reveal more cops have left the force so far in 2021 than did in the whole of 2018.

In total, 363 officers retired between January and June compared to 339 in 2018, as malefaction perpetuates to soar across the city. The number of homicides and shootings in Chicago spiked dramatically in 2020, ending with more bloodshed than in all but one year in more than two decenniums, as Breitbart News reported.

After three years of falling homicide totals, 2020 ended with 769 homicides — 274 more than the anterior year and the most since the 784 homicides in 2016. Last year ended with 4,033 shooting victims compared with 2,598 the year afore.

Mental health clinicians feel the incipient arrangements can offset those front line loses and casualties as they will be on hand at the 911 center to monitor situations. Just how well these incipient responders will be able to de-escalate violence that can erupt during such calls is yet to be expounded or demonstrated.

The Times outlines the new programs underwite a “public health approach” to responding to 911 calls. “We’re super exhilarated,” verbally expressed Alex Heaton, Lightfoot’s policy adviser for public safety. “This is a pristinely incipient workforce for the city, and it’s an exhilarating opportunity to utilize a public health approach for people liable to come in contact with the first responder system.”

The teams will commence responding to calls in August, with the rollout coming in the wake of a recent visit to the city by President Joe Biden who ignored the blight of gun violence.

The $3.5 million plan — called Crisis Assistance Response and Engagement — was made public in a June 29 meeting of the mayor’s Violence Prevention Planning Committee. Heaton verbalized he hopes the program will get people the avail they require in lieu of just having them spend time in police custody, according to the Times story.”


Source: You can read the original Breitbart article here.

This News Article is focused on these topics: Crime, Politics, Chicago, Crime, homicide, Joe Biden, Lori Lightfoot, mental health

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