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San Ramon agencies launch behavioral health response program

Source: Danville San Ramon, Jeanita Lyman

The San Ramon fire district and police department announced the start of a new behavioral health response program that has been in the works since 2021 and will see firefighters with the district -- rather than law enforcement -- respond to most mental health calls in the same timeframe as other medical emergencies in San Ramon.

SRVFPD and SRPD officials began formulating plans for the behavioral health Fire First Response program in 2021 amid national and local reflection on existing practices for behavioral health incidents in which police have been and continue to generally be first responders. The program was fully implemented and in effect as of last Monday (Oct. 2) according to an SRVFPD announcement last week.