Mental health Co-responder helps free up police/EMS

A mental health Co-responder can help respond to calls in which a mental or behavioral health issue is involved in hopes of helping funnel people to the resources they need instead of just sending them into the criminal justice system and continuing the cycle.

SummitStone Health Partners Co-responder, Ryan Hale feels his background prepared him for the domestic violence cases, suicide threats and illegal drug cases he responds to in Estes Park.

“Our co-responder program has saved our officers many hours of time they would have spent dealing with a person with mental health issues or in crisis. This program puts members of our community in touch with a mental health professional when they are needed,” said Lt. Rick Life of the Estes Park Police Department.

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