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Hancock County launches new service to help with calls for mental health



Hancock County, Indiana – Hancock County is taking therapy on the road with a new program for emergency mental health and substance addiction calls.

Law enforcement has been able to step back since the program’s launch this summer, allowing mental health specialists to assist those who are in crisis.

“We need to keep people who need mental health services out of the judicial system,” said Captain Robert Harris with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

The Hancock County Mobile Response Team is a collaboration between Community Health Network, Hancock Regional Hospital, and local law enforcement.

Harris said while officers and first responders are doing a great job in responding to crises, having experts on the ground brings benefits to everyone.

“Anyone with a mental health crisis can get help. That could be anything from substance abuse, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder,” said Captain Harris.

He stated that the staff has been keeping themselves busy with calls and assisting people in their search for services for counseling or therapy.

“Just in the last three months, the Mobile Response Team calls have been increasing dramatically. As the word spreads, they’re able to follow up with these people,” said Harris.

According to Captain Harris, the crew is available six days a week and will respond to an emergency within twenty-four hours.

You can reach the crisis number in Hancock County by dialing 317-621-5700 if you or anyone you know requires assistance with their mental health.

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