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Nashville expanding mental health worker, police partnership

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville will expand a pilot project that pairs mental health professionals with police after the program’s first seven months yielded promising results.

The Tennessean reports the city last week announced plans to expand the Partners in Care program from two precincts to three and offer additional resources to the county’s remaining five precincts.

Results from the second quarter showed clinicians accompanied police on 247 calls, with fewer than 1% resulting in use of force.

The announcement comes roughly a week after nine officers — including six from Nashville — fatally shot a man walking on Interstate 65.

The shooting sparked calls for greater focus on mental health crisis response.