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Quincy City Council to vote on extending QPD-Clarity Healthcare agreement

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- The Quincy City Council is expected to sign off on a measure Monday to help the police department more effectively respond to calls and incidents involving mental illness.

Currently the Quincy Police Department has an agreement with Clarity Healthcare that grants officers access to trained mental health professionals at a moment's notice.

They said if officers are in a situation involving mental health issues they can call Clarity who will then send a representative to the scene to assist.

"The overall mission and the goal with Clarity is to provide better mental health services to the citizens of Quincy in all aspects of what's going on, whether it might be mental health, dealing with trauma or substance abuse issues," Deputy Chief of Administration Adam Yates said.

He said it can be used on anything from a suicide attempt to a hostage situation and said it allows officers to resolve the incident and get people in crisis the help they need.

"What Clarity allows them to do is then provide that service via a different entity to try and mitigate or eliminate different issues so when don't have repeat calls to the same house where we aren't able to do enough that needs to be done," Yates said.

He said they've been partnered with Clarity for the past three years.

Renewal would cost $10,200 for the year but Yates said that's a small price to pay for what they get in return.

The council is expected to sign off on the measure as both the police chief and police aldermanic committee have recommended approving the measure.

The council's agenda is full of other items as the organizers of the Dogwood Parade and Gus Macker 3 on 3 tournament are asking the council to approve their special-event applications.

The council will also hear a new ordinance to adopt the 2021 Quincy River Front Master Plan as well as an ordinance to adopt the FY 2022 budget

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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