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Effort to diffuse mental health crisis encounters behind launch of new police team 02/18/2021

Published February 19, 2021

Aiming to more appropriately assist people in mental health crisis, the city of Redding and Shasta County are finalizing a pilot project that will team up two law enforcement officers with a mental health expert.

The three-member team — all trained to de-escalate encounters at risk of turning violent — is expected to hit the street in April, according to Paige Green, branch director of Adult Services with the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency.

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