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Colorado Springs Gazette (Newspaper) - July 27, 2015, Colorado Springs, Colorado 2014 pulitzer prize in $ of wry. Colorado Springs Wmk Pikus Prak Region Siack ih72 p f i National reporting mom w i a 27. 2015 $1.50 family a i mermaids swim school is making fairy tales come True for some Little girls. Dragon Many so paintball 5 Fields a shooting ranges a Dir Bike track a gun store class Iii l a military museum m2u # my machine shop rebuilding 719-683-2200 response teams making a difference Colorado Springs fire department firefighter Mindie Verplank left checks the results of a urine test As Colorado Springs police officer Sean Collins and clinical social worker Lori Montano talk with a patient in a room at Aspen Pointe in july. The three make up the Community response team and work together on mental health crisis Calls. Verplank is also a nurse. Mark Reis the Gazette by Ellie Mulder in one year Colorado Springs police received 325 Calls about just one woman most made by neighbors and passersby who were concerned by her erratic and mentally unstable behaviour. Something had to change. People like her inspired the creation of the City a Community response team which addresses 911 Calls that involve suicide threats or mental health concerns and might require a More nuanced response. Cart is the newest addition to the fire departments Community and Public health division which also created Community assistance referrals and education services cares in 2012 to better provide Access to resources and health care education for 911 this team a often referred to As cart or the Mobile mental health unit a is part of a citywide shift in How first responders treat mental health Calls. It was created in december 2014 to fix a previously inefficient system and to help an under addressed population of mental health patients. During a shift last week the team a composed of a nurse with the fire department a police officer and a clinical social worker a went on Calls that illustrated the variety of w Ork its members do. Including a checking on a combat Veteran suspected of being suicidal and talked him off an apartment Complex roof. A helping a woman with bipolar disorder Wiio was causing a disturbance that prompted several 911 Calls in one morning. Police officers were on scene but they left when cart arrived. A following up with a patient to ensure she was doing Well. In its first seven months cart responded to 893 incidents for 563 patients said it. Jane Anderson with the police department. Of those Calls nearly 60 percent had been responded to by police officers w to were Able to leave once the More appropriately trained cart arrived. A the officers Are relieved when they hear that cart is Clear and available to come a Anderson said. A they know that Cri team members see Sii a Page 8 Obama urges Kenya to Lake responsibility for its future by Julie Pace the associated press Nairobi Kenya a declaring Kenya at a a a Crossroads Between Promise and peril president Barack Obama on sunday pressed the nation of his fathers birth to Root out corruption treat women and minorities As equal citizens and take responsibility for its future. Closing his historic visit with an address to the kenyan people Obama traced the arc of the country a evolution from colonialism to Independence As Well As his own family a history Here. Today Obama said Young see Obama a Page 8 mental issues did no to Stop gun buy theater shooter purchased weapon at Ala. Pawnshop by Ray Henry Jay Reeves and Rebecca Santana the associated press Lafayette la. A John Russell Houser was deeply troubled Long before he shot la people in a movie theater in Louisiana but decades of mental problems did no to keep him from buying the handgun he used. Despite obvious and Public signs of mental illness a most importantly a Georgia judges order committing him to mental health treatment against his will As a danger to himself and others in 2008 a Houser was Able to walk into an Alabama pawnshop six years John Russell Houser see theater a Page 8 More inside Deal of the Day weather m ride turns to now in its 10th year pikes Peak fallen officers memorial ride and fund has raised thousands for families of Law enforcement members. Local by helping homeless the push to end Veteran homelessness by dec. 31 has a goal derived from an intensely data driven approach unlike anything seen locally. Local by Kymani body contouring one three or six visit body contouring package up to 73 percent off at . Com Deal or Cal 1-877-216-4689 8 . Noon 4 . 8 . 4 4 in 69 82 87 79 see Kkt meteorologist Brian Bledsoe s Complete forecast 3 v nation a world i by a b4 crime stoppers t i cd sports i i family i d4 comics a Al

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