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Santa Barbara County receives $2M grant to support mental health co-response

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Posted at 2:16 PM, Oct 01, 2019

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Behavioral wellness was awarded $2.145 million to staff and support two law enforcement mental health co-response teams for the county.

The money will be given over three years, so they will get $715,000 per year.

The grant will staff two crisis intervention trained sheriff’s deputies and two clinical positions from Behavioral Wellness.

"We are thrilled to have been awarded this funding," said Cherylynn Lee, Behavioral Sciences Unit Manager. "Co-response is a meaningful resource for some of our most vulnerable community members and the grant will allow us to continue this important work with Behavioral Wellness and our community partners."

The funding comes from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.