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What Happens When Social Workers Go On Police Calls? The Southern Tier Is Trying It Out

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  Sarah Harding has a police radio and a bullet proof vest. She checks in with 911 dispatch as she starts her day.  But she’s not a police officer. Harding is a clinical social worker with the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier. Meeting People In A Crisis Harding goes on police calls when a person might be having a mental health crisis. Sometimes, people are a bit wary of speaking with her. “They see you coming and [they say] ‘who’s that? what’s that for?'” she said.