FREDERICK, Colo. (CBS4) – The police in Frederick on Wednesday announced a new program aimed at better serving residents who are experiencing a mental crisis. The Carbon Valley & Mead Co-Responder Program is a partnership with North Range Behavioral Health.
The program covers Frederick, Firestone, Dacono and Mead. When officers are sent for a call to mental health, they will ask a trained co-response from NRBH to help. The police department said the goal of the program is to treat people in crisis with respect and dignity in order to reduce hospital admissions, prison admissions and health care costs.
“It’s time for us to start working in partnership with mental health professionals like North Range Behavioral Health. We must let those who are struggling know that we are here to help; they are not alone. The right approach to service calls is to evaluate needs and get them the resources they need, ”said Frederick Police Chief Todd Norris.
The Frederick Police Department allocated $ 6,500 to the project in its 2022 budget and leased a 2012 Chevrolet Caprice for $ 1 to NRBH.
“It is clear to see that Frederick Town recognizes that the effects of many mental illnesses can be prevented and mitigated. But only if we respond appropriately to signs and symptoms in times of crisis, ”says Kimberly Collins, Chief Clinic for North Range Behavioral Health.
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