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St. Louis program keeping mental health crises from resulting in jail, hospital stays, officials say

ST. LOUIS — Last year, calls to 911 in St. Louis started to change.

Some callers seeking help with a mental or behavioral health crisis, have begun to say, “We don’t need the officers. Send the purple shirts,” said Felicia Spratt, clinical director of Behavioral Health Response, a contractor hired to work on a new program pairing mental health clinicians with first responders.

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