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988 line, similar to 911, launches in Illinois and rest of U.S. to help those in mental crisis

The new 988 hotline, similar to 911, launched nationwide Saturday to make it easier for those who are suicidal or experiencing other mental crises to get help. Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit administrator of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, said the new 988 number is easy for people to remember. Previously, the number for the […]

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Police conducting death investigation after man found dead behind high school in Crystal Lake

Police are investigating the death of a middle-aged man who was found suffering from an “obvious injury” on the rear property of Crystal Lake Central High School Wednesday evening. The Crystal Lake Police Department and Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responded around 6:48 p.m. to the rear property of Crystal Lake Central High School, 45 […]

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McHenry County Sheriff’s Office officially launches countywide police social worker program

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new program with 17 local police departments to have social workers respond alongside officers to certain calls involving mental health crises. The program was kicked off during an event at The Community Foundation for McHenry County in Crystal Lake on Tuesday. In attendance were stakeholders, participating agencies […]

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Gov. Pritzker signs bill giving Waukegan, other Illinois cities funding for police co-responder program

The governor on Tuesday signed a bill into law that will require social workers and police officers in Waukegan and other Illinois cities to work together when responding to 911 calls. House Bill 4736 creates the Co-Responders Pilot Program to have police in certain parts of the state begin a joint effort with multiple social […]

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‘Groundbreaking initiative’: 7 Lake County police departments partner together to have social workers respond to mental health calls

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced a new pilot program with six other police departments in Lake County that will pair social workers with officers when responding to mental-health calls. The Gurnee Police Department, Lake Forest Police Department, Libertyville Police Department, Lincolnshire Police Department, Mundelein Police Department, Vernon Hills Police Department and the Lake County […]