Howard County Police to Refer Some Mental Health 911 Calls to Grassroots Counselors

Photo Credit: Howard County Police Department (via Facebook)

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will announce a Memorandum of Understanding between the Howard County Police Department and Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center to address non-emergency mental health 911 calls on Thursday, June 24th at 11:00 a.m.

“Every day people experiencing mental health challenges in our community call 911 in search of support and someone to help in a crisis,” said Ball. “When there is not an immediate safety issue, many of these callers would be best supported by being directly connected with mental health professionals, instead of receiving a police response. Our goal is to meet the specific needs of each member of our community by directing them to the right services – especially during a time when more of our residents are struggling with mental health.”

WHAT:
Mental Health Call Referral Press Conference

WHEN:
Thursday, June 24 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Grassroots, 6700 Freetown Rd, Columbia, MD 21044

WHO:
Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive
Chief Lisa Myers, Howard County Police
Mariana Izraelson, Executive Director, Grassroots
Denise Giuliano, Executive Director, NAMI-Howard County

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I will embed the video of the press conference from Facebook onto this post tomorrow.

Scott E

(Photo reference:  https://www.facebook.com/HowardCountyPoliceDepartment/photos/a.181664765204224/1411485598888795/)

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