Congresswoman DeLauro, New Haven Mayor to announce $2M in funding for community crisis response team

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker, along with other city and state leaders, will hold a news conference to talk about the city’s crisis response team.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Mayor Elicker, and other city officials will announce a $2 million federal spending bill aimed at integrating a crisis response team into 911 and non-emergency dispatch.

That team will work out the newly formed “Department of Community Resilience”. The goal is to use medical professionals to respond to emergency situations that may not require a police officer on scene.

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Mayor Elicker says the program is still in planning stages, but will focus on five key areas:

  • Violence prevention
  • Mental health
  • Homelessness
  • Crisis Response
  • Reentry services for previous offenders

RELATED: CT law enforcement implementing joint task forces to address dramatic increase in gun violence, auto thefts

The new department will consolidate some existing services while adding new ones.

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