City of Bartlesville

Posted: Jan 04, 2023 12:06 PMUpdated: Jan 04, 2023 1:34 PM

Bartlesville Council Approvis Crisis Team Funding

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Charlie Taraboletti
The Bartlesville City Council voted to accept a Memorandum of Understanding between the city and Grand Mental Health to form a Crisis Intervention Response Team Program.  Teams would be comprised of mental health case managers and police officers paired to respond when a situation would call for more than just a law-enforcement presence.   Police Captain Kevin Ickleberry told the council that the mental health professional would help to de-escalate situations when emotions run high.  Vice-Mayor Jim Curd says police activities sometimes aren’t as simple as people would say they used to be.  The city committed to set aside 100 thousand dollars a year, starting this month, to fund the program.

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