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Police agencies hope to reduce repeat 911 calls and jail admissions involving people with mental illness by embedding mental health professionals with police officers.
The STAR program, which launched in June, reported promising results in its six-month progress report.
Officials with the Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama in Decatur said they are fielding more calls dealing with isolation
If all goes according to plan, thousands of 911 calls beginning this month will not reach St. Louis police or fire personnel.
With new money from an alcohol tax, the city will fund a team of mental health first responders that can take the place of a police officer when responding to someone with a mental health issue.
There are calls for a plan to remove police from non-life-threatening mental health calls by creating a dedicated emergency line that would dispatch a paramedic and a clinician instead.