AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas Austin says it’ll now send trained counselors to assist its police officers during mental health-related emergencies.
The university is partnering with the Mental Health Assistance and Response Team for this initiative.
Similar programs have been introduced throughout the country as a way of promoting de-escalation tactics for law enforcement agencies. UT says its goal is to divert people away from the criminal justice system.
This new safety initiative will begin as a two-year pilot program and is being rolled out in phases.