Sheriff's mental crisis service expanding to another suburb

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Cook County sheriff program that provides mental health interventions during 9-1-1 calls is expanding to Blue Island this holiday weekend.

The training is complete. Tablets or cell phones are loaded with Zoom, with licensed clinical social workers ready to take calls any time.

Treatment Response Team director Elli Petacque Montgomery said her team has given virtual assistance to 85 people in unincorporated Cook this year and in Oak Lawn since August.

Incidents have ranged from people being off their medication to being suicidal, she said.

She says none of those 85 interventions ended in arrest.

After Blue Island, the sheriff’s department is talks with other police departments in the county.