Colorado county sheriff to double size of mental health unit

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — A Colorado sheriff’s office plans to increase the size of its unit responding to calls involving people experiencing mental health crises.

The Gazette reported the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office expects to add a second deputy and a clinician from the University of Colorado Health system by mid-February.

Officials say a case manager will also join the unit to prioritize follow-up calls to help connect residents with mental health services. The office’s Behavioral Health Connect Unit began more than a year ago to divert people into mental health care rather than jail.

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