Tulsa 911 dispatchers welcome mental health crisis experts to communications center | Local News


Dispatchers take calls at Tulsa’s 911 dispatch center in 2013. The 911 center now has mental health workers to take calls from those in psychiatric distress.

Tulsa-area 911 callers in psychiatric distress will now have access to a mental health professional, thanks to a partnership between city public safety agencies and community nonprofits. 

The city of Tulsa 911 Mental Health Collaborative launched Sept. 3, according to a Tulsa Police Department news release Wednesday, and is made possible through the Police Department, the city’s 911 Public Safety Communications Department, Family & Children’s Services Community Outreach Psychiatric Services (COPES) and the Tulsa Area United Way. 

Amanda Bradley, senior program director at COPES, said that through the collaboration, mental health professionals are able to address callers’

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