SACRAMENTO, Calif .– California would step up to have advisers instead of police respond to people in mental health crisis under a bill supported Monday by gun violence prevention groups.
People who dial or text 9-8-8 would be in touch with counselors for help from mobile crisis support teams made up of mental health professionals.
Supporters say it’s a better option than calling 9-1-1, where police are often the first responders and advocates say the situation can often quickly turn violent. Those who still call the emergency line but report a mental health crisis will be transferred to 9-8-8.
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