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St. Louis mental health diversion programs helped residents and saved the city $2.6M

Two programs that work to keep St. Louis residents experiencing mental health crises out of the judicial system appear to be saving the city money.

Both Cops and Clinicians and a 911 diversion program began operating full time in January 2021, although the city had previously run a small pilot of the first initiative, which sends social workers along with police officers to certain calls. The second diversion program routes certain 911 calls to a mental health crisis hotline run by Behavioral Health Response.

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