AP: Overland Park police expand mental health response for calls

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Overland Park Police Department is expanding a team that responds to police calls involving mental health crises.

The mental health unit will have more than a dozen members and six co-responders. The change comes after the Overland Park City Council voted in September to raise property taxes to fund the unit, and the city received a nearly $250,000 federal grant. When the mental health team responds to a call, it will be joined by a clinician from Johnson County Mental Health.

Sgt. Stewart Brought said the department’s goal is to let the mental health team help while officers keep everyone safe.

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