CHICAGO (CBS)– Community leaders are calling for a budget amendment to fund a program that world keep police from responding to mental health crises.
It’s in response to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s co-responder approach, which teams up officers, paramedics and mental health experts on certain crisis calls.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Warm, Sunny Week Ahead
Opponents say police presence in those cases only leads to further trauma.READ MORE: Northwestern University Bans All Social Activities At Campus Fraternities Until At Least Mid-October After Reports Of Drugging
The group is calling for $5.2 million to fund the program under the banner “Treatment Not Trauma.” It proposes development of a 2-1-1 crisis line with an option to request support from a non-police team for non-violent situations.
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