NEVADA COUNTY (CBS13) — The Nevada County Sheriff’s Workplace will now workforce up a licensed therapist with a deputy to answer sure 911 calls that aren’t crime-related.
Sheriff Shannan Moon plans to launch the brand new cellular disaster workforce by the top of the yr.
“It’s thrilling as a result of it’s a large deal,” Sheriff Moon stated.
Dispatchers will assign some non-criminal, psychological well being calls to a deputy and therapist paired up in a patrol automotive.
“The deputy sheriff is there to offer that scene safety and security,” Sheriff Moon stated. “The clinician is there to offer the providers, the referrals and the assessments.”
The pilot program is in response to requires change throughout the nation in policing. Moon says it’s going to scale back the danger of lethal confrontations with folks in psychological well being disaster.
“These issues will lower once you convey a simpler software, probably,” Sheriff Moon stated.
“We’re operating about 180 assessments a month,” Todd Arvidson, the Basic Supervisor of the Nevada County Disaster Stabilization Unit, stated.
Contained in the Nevada County Behavioral Well being nerve heart, Arvidson says psychological well being circumstances have been extra extreme than ever in the course of the pandemic. Having a therapist arrive on the scene of a 911 name will assist sufferers who might in any other case be scared of a regulation enforcement response.
“When you’ve gotten regulation enforcement interact people, some folks consider they’re going to be punished, or incarcerated, and that’s not the message we need to give,” Arvidson stated.
A brand new method in Nevada County. Therapists becoming a member of the sheriff’s division, serving to to deal with threats to public security.