In an attempt to repair relationships between the police and citizens and to ensure that people get the right level of help, New York City will be rolling out a pilot program in February to assist with mental health calls. Instead of dispatching police to these calls, mental health professionals will respond instead. If there is a weapon or imminent danger identified, the mental health professional will be accompanied by an officer. This program is modeled after a successful program in Eugene, Ore. The responders will have training on on variety of issues, including suicide attempts, drug abuse and physical threats.

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