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System addressing police responses to mental health crises launches across Virginia – Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia 2021-12-01 14:34:29 –

Richmond, Virginia (WRIC) – The Marcus Alert System has officially launched across Virginia, transforming the state of the mental health crisis across Virginia.

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Last year, Governor Ralph Northam Marcus-David Peters method It creates a set of protocols on how mental health providers and law enforcement agencies respond to crisis calls.

It’s been about three and a half years since Marcus David Peters was shot deadly by Richmond police after he charged an officer during a behavioral health crisis.

Related news: Mental health labor shortages can hinder the deployment of Marcus Alerts, community providers say

The law will not be fully phased in until 2026, but in the first five regions Including the city of Richmond, The framework will be launched on December 1, 2021.

The areas are:

  • Region 1: Orange, Madison, Culpeper, Fauquier, Rappahannock County
  • Region 2: Prince William County
  • Region 3: Includes Bristol City and Washington County, Abingdon, Damascus, Glade Spring Towns
  • Region 4: Richmond City
  • Region 5: Virginia Beach City

Mira Signer, Chief Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health Development Services (DBHDS) Told 8News These five regions are deploying three major protocols for response.

The first protocol involves forwarding low-threat 911 calls to a local call center or 9-8-8 suicide hotline.

The second includes a police station that has an agreement with the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team if police need it as a backup.

The third includes officers who minimize the use of force in responding to mental health calls.

In other regions, implementation plans must be submitted by 1 July 2022. All regions of Virginia require the system to be deployed by July 2026.

Click for more information on Richmond City plans here..

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