The Tucson Police Department's mental health support team aims to protect people who are experiencing a mental health crisis by connecting them to treatment. As part of an Arizona Daily Star special project, here's a look at what this and other police units are doing to help keep community members out of jail.
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Tucson's Mental Health Support Team builds relationships with crisis observation centers that let officers quickly drop off people experiencing a mental crisis rather than taking them to jail.