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San Jose pushes to expand police alternative for mental health crises

Weeks before the San Jose City Council sat down to discuss this year’s budget, advocates and residents sounded the alarm about gaps in mental health services and asked officials to expand access to a non-police response program. Councilmembers on Tuesday unanimously voted to explore adding another mobile field team, known as TRUST, in the budget to help those in mental health or substance use crisis. Councilmembers asked the city manager to explore the cost. The idea is unique because TRUST is the only non-law-enforcement mobile crisis service available, but it’s run by the county — raising questions about how the…

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