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Boston to Add 15 More Clinicians to Help Police with Mental Health Calls

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Danny McDonald
Boston Globe
September 4, 2020

Boston authorities are adding 15 social workers to a team that helps police respond to calls involving people with mental health problems, and other difficult situations, more than quadrupling the number of such clinicians. The city is funding the new posts through money reallocated from BPD’s overtime coffers in the most recent operating budget, according to officials.

“I believe cops don’t want to arrest our way out of
these problems. They want residents to get the help they need.” - Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George