Mental health team helps law enforcement

A nonprofit that works directly with law enforcement helped to save a life this weekend.

Options for Southern Oregon helps officers in Jackson and Josephine county handle mental health calls.

On Sunday, Grants Pass Police called on the nonprofit when a man shot his firearm in the air and said he was going to commit suicide.

Grants pass department of public safety says this is just the latest example of the nonprofit’s help to keep the community safe.

“Its extremely important. They have much more training and experience in the area of mental health than we do. Officers definitely receive training in those areas but its not as extensive so it’s very beneficial to have an expert there,” says Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Lieutenant Misty English.

Options for Southern Oregon says its services are available to any resident in Jackson or Josephine county.

You can visit for more information.

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