Law enforcement shares plan to address mental health and addiction crisis

Law enforcement shares plan to address mental health and addiction crisis

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- The Rotary Club of Bowling Green hosted local law enforcement on Wednesday to discuss the mental health and addiction crisis in our community.

When responding to crisis calls, the Bowling Green Police Department and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office can spend several hours on a single call.

The two agencies are partnering with other local organizations to explore ways to reduce assessment times for mental health professionals and reallocate hours to other emergency calls.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office received a three-year grant for this project. Warren County Sheriff Brett Hightower says, “We’re going to be able to partner and create what’s called a ‘CRU.’ It’s a crisis response unit that will consist of one of our deputies and a trained mental health professional. They’ll also go out when we get calls and meet with these people and try to direct them to other local resources that they can benefit from.”

The crisis intervention unit will include both a deputy and a trained mental health professional and will be fully operational by the fall.