Mesa Police Department Takes New Approach to Mental Health Calls


By Griselda Zetino

The Mesa Police Department is taking a new approach to address mental health. Its crisis response team now has a licensed clinical social worker responding to calls for service along with officers. It’s part of their new Mental Health Co-Responder pilot program. “We have eight detectives on our crisis response team, and what we provide to the community can be limited,” said Detective Brandi George, a member of the crisis response team. “By bringing a clinician on board, it just expands our resources.”

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