More money will be allocated to help people in mental health crisis in central Oregon.
Bend City Council authorized an agreement with Deschutes County on Wednesday to provide $328,000 in funding for the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team and Crisis Stability Center.
The money will be used to hire more professionals to answer mental health crisis calls without a law enforcement officer on the scene.
“They’ve done a great job at it. But that’s not what they really intended to do. It’s definitely just getting the right resource for people at the right time,” said Holly Harris, Deschutes County Crisis Program Manager.
Since the beginning of 2020, Bend Police have responded to more than 5,100 crisis calls. While nearly all officers are trained to handle these types of calls, a trained mental health professional is often a better option.
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