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Akron unveils new program to enhance mental health crisis call response


Mar 26, 2024

In recent years, law enforcement agencies have been changing how they respond to calls involving individuals in a mental health crisis. This shift involves implementing a co-responder model where a behavioral health specialist or other trained expert accompanies police officers to these calls. The goal is to enhance safety and reduce the use of force incidents. Many cities, including Cleveland, Shaker Heights, and Akron, have adopted this co-response model, with Akron recently launching a pilot program.

Tuesday’s Sound of Ideas will feature a discussion on the Summit County Outreach Team (SCOUT), consisting of paramedics, police officers, and behavioral health specialists all trained in crisis intervention. Later in the show, author Sarah Gristwood will talk about her new book, “Secret Voices – A Year of Women’s Diaries”, which explores the concerns of women over centuries by examining their diaries. Despite the societal changes over the years, the issues of balancing work and family, dealing with controlling partners, and raising a family remain consistent themes.

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, Gristwood’s new publication will be explored further. The show will wrap up with Ideastream Public Media’s Stephen Langel interviewing Peter Bendix, a Cleveland Heights native who is now the President of Baseball Operations for the Miami Marlins. If you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis, please reach out to the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.

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