Clifton set to launch Arrive Together program to help respond to mental health crisis calls

Another version of a program in New Jersey that aims to take on those in crisis is set to begin in Clifton.
Many towns and cities are now using the Arrive Together initiative that helps police respond to calls of mental health crisis. The program often teams police officers in the field with a mental health expert.
Passaic County prosecutors say connecting law enforcement officers with mental health clinicians may lead to safer outcomes with fewer instances of use of force, arrests and injuries. They say it may save wait time and prevent situations from escalating when an officer and mental health professional respond together. It may also decrease chances of individuals being unnecessarily taken to the hospital and may help improve trust between law enforcement and community, prosecutors say.
A public forum will be held Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at Clifton High School, 333 Colfax Ave., to discuss the program.