Budget Proposal Would Provide Dane County Sheriff’s Deputies Online Help With Mental Health Emergencies | Local government
The precise number of tablets and service providers has not yet been determined. If the funds are approved in next year’s budget, the county would work to acquire the tablets and hire staff in the first quarter of 2022.
In addition to the three Sheriff’s Office crisis responders, more than 80 assistants are trained in crisis intervention training. While some situations that MPs encounter may be best resolved by a crisis worker in person, the tablet could provide help more quickly.
âIt would be immediate access,â Parisi said. âIt offers so much flexibility and instant support. ”
If the program were implemented, every patrol car would have a tablet, just as every vehicle included a cell phone.
Sheriff Kalvin Barrett said in an interview that the tablets would be an “additional tool” that would increase the resources of the community, especially during a mental health crisis.
âIt’s really about getting the best professional help available to the members of our community,â Barrett said.
He said the new initiative would allow MPs to “defuse, hijack and hijack” those experiencing mental and behavioral health crises in the criminal justice system. Barrett said it reduced recidivism, crime rates and the prison population.