A plan to pair mental health experts with Lafayette police responders deferred indefinitely

Sep 7, 2023

The Advocate


The proposal was this: Ness Healthcare, a nonprofit behavioral healthcare provider, would dispatch a mental health expert, along with police, on calls flagged as potential mental health crises, especially those involving homeless residents. The goal: to get people the help they need, rather than arresting them or leaving neighborhoods to deal with the effects of unaddressed mental health issues among those living on their streets.