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New Team of First Responders to Answer Mental Health Emergencies

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    Dallas First Responders Equipped for Mental Health Crisis

    Help is on the way for Dallas residents in need of mental health care. Starting next week, Dallas first responders will have a new way of answering 911 calls related to a mental health crisis. The hope is to get help to those who need it. (Published Monday, Jan. 22, 2018)

    Help is on the way for Dallas residents in need of mental health care during a crisis.

    Starting Monday, Jan. 29, a team comprised of a police officer, paramedic and a mental health professional will respond to 911 calls involving patients experiencing behavioral emergencies.

    The program, which will focus on south-central Dallas over the next two years, is called RIGHT — Rapid Integrated Group Healthcare Team — and is a joint effort by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, Dallas Police Department and Parkland Health & Hospital System.

    A study by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute found 85 percent of calls in certain parts of Dallas were directly related to mental health emergencies.

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    Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
    After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
    That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
    Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
    The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
    Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
    Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
    The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    Seventeen-thousand people with mental illness are booked into the Dallas County Jail every year.

    Forty-percent return within a year of their release, according to the study.

    "The goal is to meet those care needs in the community with the right level of care at the right time, rather than in a jail," said BJ Wagner, of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, which compiled the data at the request of Dallas police.

    "We knew that there had to be something different in the way we go about our business, the way way that we handle behavioral health calls," said Dallas Police Assistant Chief Paul Stokes.

    Parkland employees had to undergo specialized training for their new role.

    "They're used to being in a safe hospital setting with many resources around them and now are the mental health provider out on the team," said Celeste Johnson, vice president of behavioral health at Parkland.

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    Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
    The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
    Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
    Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
    Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    The hope is the program will result in fewer people booked into jail during a mental health crisis while freeing up resources like ambulance crews and hospital beds.

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