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DeKalb City Council to vote on police, mental health project

Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com
DeKalb first ward alderman David Jacobson (left) and second ward alderman Bill Finucane discuss the outside smoking regulations during a City Council committee of the whole meeting on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 at the DeKalb Municipal Building in DeKalb.
Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com DeKalb first ward alderman David Jacobson (left) and second ward alderman Bill Finucane discuss the outside smoking regulations during a City Council committee of the whole meeting on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 at the DeKalb Municipal Building in DeKalb.

DeKALB – Now that the city of DeKalb was named a recipient of a $75,000 Department of Justice grant for a collaborative police and mental health service project, the DeKalb City Council will vote Monday to move forward with the plan.

In partnership with the DeKalb County Community Health Board, the DeKalb Police Department applied for the Police-Mental Health Collaboration grant in April.

These two organizations will try to conduct a plan to improve responses and available resources for people with mental health disorders. This will be accomplished by assessing current policies and practices, developing an agency crisis intervention training plan, maintaining a data collection system and partnering with mental health professionals to design a clinical triage center for patients, according to city documents.

The money will go toward the hiring of a part-time grant coordinator as a city employee for the term of one year in the amount of $26,596, which includes salary and fringe benefits.

Because the grant funds are limited, and because portions of the funds are used for other purposes, the city potentially could face other expenditures, such as workers’ compensation or unemployment liabilities, according to city documents.

DeKalb’s regular City Council meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St. The meeting will be preceded by a Committee of the Whole meeting, where council members will discuss a safe streets initiative.

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