More clinicians hitting streets with Providence’s first responders

CLINICIAN Rachel Armada has been riding along with Providence police officers for two years, responding to calls that involve behavioral and mental health matters. The crisis-response program is now expanding to fire and emergency services. COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEM/RYAN PICKERING
Most mornings, 28-year-old Rachel Armada accompanies a Providence police officer during a shift, riding along in a cruiser as they answer calls. She’s at the ready when those calls involve someone with a behavioral or mental health problem. “If [the police] are dispatched to a call where somebody seems to be having a mental health…

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