Therapist will help respond to mental health calls

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APPLETON – A clinical therapist will now respond alongside officers to some mental health crisis calls made to the Appleton Police Department. 

Sarah Peterson, a therapist who has worked with Outagamie County crisis services, will embed with the police department on second shift to provide on-site clinical evaluations and risk assessments for people experiencing a mental health crisis, a Thursday news release from the department said. 

Peterson’s role is part of a new Community Crisis Response Team, a partnership between local mental health services and law enforcement designed to connect people faster with more appropriate resources. 

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