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Co-Responders partner with law enforcement to provide mental health intervention

For Kate Coleman, no day at work is the same as the one before. Working with the Shawnee Police Department, she might get called out three or four times in an 8-hour shift to assist with everything from someone who’s suffering a mental health crisis, having suicide ideation, or a neglect case involving an elderly or vulnerable person. “Every day is truly so unique and different,” she said. Kate isn’t a police officer, though. She is a co-responder, a licensed mental health professional who is employed by Johnson County Mental Health Center and embedded in the police department. Johnson County [...]

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