Thurston Sheriff’s Office launches program aimed at helping with mental health calls
Two two-person teams of a crisis clinician and a peer specialist are now riding along with deputies.
From The Olympian:
After a year of behind-the-scenes work and planning, a new Thurston County program aimed at better responding to mental health-related 911 calls is about to be launched by the Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office is launching the Sheriff’s Community Outreach Utilization Team (SCOUT) program. It’s the culmination of a partnership between the office, Thurston Mason Behavioral Health Administration, and Olympic Health and Recovery Services.
According to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office, the SCOUT program will consist of two two-person teams of a crisis clinician and a peer specialist. They will spend the next several months riding along with deputies and meeting staff before they’re deployed with their own vehicles to start answering calls.
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