When the number of people entering the criminal justice system after a mental health crisis started to rise, people in the community of Cottonwood, Arizona started to take notice.

The concern led to a partnership of Spectrum Healthcare, Crisis Response Network and others to provide training and resources to first responders in the area. The goal was to give police, fire and EMT’s new ways to de-escalate a situation and provide community members the help they needed.

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