Mental Health Professionals to Follow Kearney and Buffalo County Police Calls Soon | Crime and courts
Miller said the Buffalo County Jail already has a mental health professional on staff. He said that next year, a nationwide emergency calling system similar to 911 will give people in crisis the ability to contact mental health professionals for help.
The local COPS grant of $ 250,000 is the only community outreach and policing grant the Department of Justice awarded in Nebraska on Monday. In total, the Department of Justice announced grants of $ 33 million to launch co-advocate programs, help with diversity and inclusion training, and help legal agencies experiment with innovative policing strategies.
Baxter, who has been a behavioral health professional for more than 30 years in Kearney, said the co-advocate program will elevate law enforcement and mental health services in the area.
âWe will have a group of therapists who will help the police with mental health calls,â she said. âIt’s a model that has been used all over the United States, and communities have had good success with it. It is early intervention when a person has a mental health crisis.