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IMPACT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH UNIT

When it came to ending the standoff that closed Highway 97 near Orondo for several hours Monday night, playing a big part in that was Chelan County's Behavioral Health Unit. Chelan County Sergeant Rob Huddleston calls it an unbelievable resource that relieves a lot of pressure on him and the deputies:



Anna Johnson heads the Behavioral Health Unit; she says Monday night's standoff put the unit is a different role than it usually involved in:



Many cities and law enforcement agencies are looking at the unit as a model for their own agencies. Johnson says the number of contacts it has made in the past two years has exploded, from more than 35-hundred in 2022 to 6-thousand, 770 last year.

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