OAKLAND (BCN) – Soon, civilians in the Oakland Fire Department could respond to mental health emergencies rather than the police.

Oakland City Council unanimously decided on Tuesday to review an amended ordinance in two weeks’ time to create a civilian response department within the fire department.

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This department would initiate and administer the Oakland Mobile Assistance Community Responder Program, also known as MACRO, a civilian response to mental health and other low-level nonviolent crises.

“We need it now,” said board member Treva Reid of MACRO. “East Oakland wanted to start it yesterday.”

The board of directors recently considered handing over management of MACRO to a non-profit organization such as La Familia Counseling Service or Bay Area Community Services. But several …

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