Philly embeds behavioral health specialist in 911 call center amid calls for police reform

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia now has a behavioral health specialist embedded in the police dispatch center for the first time in the city’s history — a step that Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration said marks progress toward promised police reforms.With behavioral health specialists assisting in the radio room, officials said the city can better identify 911 calls that involve mental health issues and offer services to those residents instead of arrest.The initiative also includes a co-responder program, in which clinical staff and police work together to respond to such calls.”The goal of the pr…

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