Michigan city manager proposes $700K police, mental health worker co-response team

Grand Rapids, Mich., leaders unanimously approved a $700,000 co-response team with police and mental health workers for specific emergency calls, local news source MLive reported May 26.

The $700,000 in funding will come from the $598 million spending plan for fiscal year 2023, beginning July 1.

The co-response team will be dispatched to a broad category of emergency calls, including  drug overdoses, intoxicated people, people experiencing mental health crisis, suicdie crisis, panhandling, neighborhood disputes, disorderly juveniles and more.

In response to the April 4 police killing of Patrick Lyoya, the city quadrupled the annual budget of the police oversight office, from $405,781 to $1.7 million, MLive reported May 24.

The city will also invest $26.7 million into housing and housing stability and about $6 million to the city's Affordable Housing Fund, City Manager Mark Washington told MLive.

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