Updated: November 30, 2020 08:58 AM
Created: November 30, 2020 08:55 AM
The Crystal, New Hope and Robbinsdale police departments will share an embedded social worker through a recently approved two-year deal with Hennepin County.
The Embedded Social Worker Project provides a variety of counseling, intervention, support and referral services for people after police contacts, particularly when mental health services are needed.
Police said the project aims to reduce emergency situations and police contacts through early intervention and quickly identify those in need, providing short-term help and connecting them with internal resources and other community resources.
"We have been researching this program for the past few years and are excited to provide additional resources to our community," Crystal Police Chief Stephanie Revering said.
Other neighboring departments utilizing the program in the county include Brooklyn Park, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Plymouth, Minnetonka, Bloomington, Richfield and Edina.
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