Northeast Johnson County cities looking to bring on mental health expert to assist in police calls

Seven northeast Johnson County law enforcement agencies are collaborating on a program that would bring a full-time mental health professional on board to assist with police calls where mental health issues or substance abuse appear to be exacerbating the situation.

Prairie Village Police Chief Tim Schwartzkopf told the city council on Monday that his department was in talks with Leawood, Mission, Merriam, Fairway, Westwood and Roeland Park about how to split the cost for a new mental health co-responder among the departments. (Prairie Village police provide service to Mission Hills as well).

(Read more: Prairie Village Post)

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