Mental health workers to join police on call-outs in world-first trial

Health workers will join police on call-outs to 'de-escalate' mental health emergencies in a world-first attempt to decriminalise' mental illness in WA.

Nurses, social workers, psychologists and occupational therapists will get police response training, and 20 police officers will get training in recognising and defusing mental health-related situations, for the trial to start next month.

Each team of one senior clinician and two officers will travel in an unmarked car to peak-time call-outs to deliver emergency mental health care in an effort to curb the flood of mentally ill people into emergency departments and courtrooms.

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