CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — A west Georgia county is launching a mobile crisis unit to handle emergency psychiatric calls.
The Times-Georgian reports that Carroll County will launch the unit next year, responding to any call that 911 dispatchers identify as a mental health crisis.
A two-person team will be dispatched.
One member will be Chiquita Thomasson, a Carrollton police officer and certified paramedic.
The second member will be a licensed professional counselor yet to be selected.
Thomason says the aim is to avoid the intimidation that police can sometimes bring.