Amid calls for police reform, more programs offer alternatives to calling 911
Sweeping police reforms are growing in popularity among Americans, according to a recent survey by Reuters and research firm Ipsos. But what will that look like?
amidst calls for police reform across the country. A new program launched in Denver. The Support Team Assisted response. Known a star dispatches a mental health clinician and paramedic to behavioral health. 911 calls instead of armed law enforcement, this is preventative medicine for police violence. Denver Justice Project co chair Russian Bliss helped develop Star modeling it after the Coots program in Eugene, Oregon, that's been around for more than 30 years and last year responded to 17% of the city's 911 calls. Bliss believes Star can do the same deescalating situations without force and connecting vulnerable citizens with critical resource is it's a more effective response because we're sending the right people to deal with the right problems. In Dallas, the right Care Program, a partnership between Parkland Hospital and City Fire and Police, has responded to 6600 mental health Carl's since 2018 leading to a drop in arrests in the areas it serves. We've diverted 30% of people away from jail and away from busy ers. We connected over over 1/5 of the clients, Teoh Mental Health Services. Um, we have our incarceration rate is less than 4%. It's now expanding and could potentially serve as a blueprint outside Dallas. I think it is available on Guy. I think that it could. It could be used another city programs that work to provide a more effective crisis response, drawing the attention of those calling for change. Sara Dolan, NBC News.