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Police in rural Ohio towns struggle with surge in mental health crises

Rural Towns in Ohio Struggling with Mental Health Realities.

Mental Health

By: Larry Seward

CINCINNATI — A surge in mental health crises is putting rural Ohio police departments in a corner. The nearest hospital handling this need is so far away from some towns and villages that their police sometimes lose their only patrol unit to drop off patients.

The 911 calls hit the Village of Georgetown Police in waves. Adults in crisis needing mental health treatment dial the department for help more than domestic disturbance calls, Chief Robert Freeland said. Police in nearby Hamersville see it too. However, what often happens next feels worse.

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