New mental health van to help Redding law enforcement

Redding police officers are getting a little help when it comes to responding to mental health calls.

Hill Country Health and Wellness Center introduced a mobile crisis outreach van on January 1.

The van can be requested by law enforcement if they respond to a call and the patient needs mental health treatment.

Two workers will be in the van, a clinician and a case manager. It will be available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Since January 1, Operations Coordinator Jo Campbell says the van has responded to a dozen calls and done some outreach near homeless camps.

The van is free to the patient and is being funded through a contract with Shasta County. Campbell said it was a collective idea between Hill Country and the Board of Supervisors.

Campbell said it is meant to address the growing mental health calls coming through 911 and mitigate mental health crises in emergency rooms.

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