From Healthline: A new app, Concrn, allows users to request assistance from mental health volunteers for homeless people in need. The creators of the app hope to provide a community-based crisis response that can be used as an alternative to calling 911.
“‘When police respond to community needs related to mental health, substance use, or people experiencing homelessness, it can result in further escalation, violence, or incarceration. Sometimes those interactions are fatal,’ the Concrn team told Healthline in a statement. ‘When you have members of a community responding to their own crises using de-escalation skills and supporting the person into available services, you’re really taking more of a transformative approach.'”