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.
Mayor Elicker says the program is still in planning stages, but will focus on five key areas:
- Violence prevention
- Mental health
- Crisis Response
- Reentry services for previous offenders
The new department will consolidate some existing services while adding new ones.