SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Shasta County's first mobile mental health service has been on the road for one month.
The mobile service is dedicated to helping the county cut back on mental health-related emergency room visits and police response.
The van is part of the Hill Country Health and Wellness Center's Mobile Crisis Outreach Team. The team is aimed at helping law enforcement cut down on mental health-related calls.
"We get phone calls from RPD (Redding Police Department) or other agencies and we respond to people in the community and do an assessment on site determine what level of services are appropriate for them," said Pete Myers of Hill Country Health and Wellness Center.
Action News Now obtained data from the Redding Police Department showing that in 2018, officers responded to 781 mental health-related calls and 256 of those ended in arrests.
In the month of January alone, there were 105 mental health-related calls reported to the police department.
However, thanks to the mobile crisis outreach team, 30 of those calls did not require law enforcement aid.