This program sounds very much like the former COPE Program which was the co responder program, which was a branch of COPE. It sounds like it is suited well for calls where a person is needing that immediate transport to a shelter or to the ER. However the it is not clear on how there can be meaningful follow up with given different agencies. Other cities such as Brooklyn Park are doing alternative response programs which include regular follow up and EMS responding with a social worker when needed. Calls can be complicated, this is a start, but is more of a piece meal approach. I'm not seeing much in the way of clinical training as well. It does not very comprehensive or cohesive. It sounds good on the surface, but when you look deeper it, there are flaws.
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