Korryn Gaines

Howard, Baltimore counties propose expanding mental health units

Howard, Baltimore counties propose expanding mental health units

Baltimore and Howard counties are proposing to expand their mental health services provided by police.

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler announced plans Friday to expand the county’s mobile crisis teams to round-the-clock availability. The teams, which are staffed by a police officer and mental health professional from the Affiliated Sante Group, currently operate only from 9:30 a.m. until 1 a.m.

Meanwhile, the Howard County Police Department announced it is expanding its mental health unit from two employees to four.

Howard County’s mental health unit, which will now have three police officers and one mental health professional, provides tracking and follow-up...

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