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WMTW: Mental health workers to aid police in Biddeford

By July 21, 2021January 30th, 2023News, Uncategorized

Biddeford’s City Council approved a proposal Tuesday to hire two additional mental health professionals to aid the police department.

The action was passed unanimously following a formal request for police Chief Roger Beaupre.

Last October, the department approached local behavioral health agency Spurwink to hire community engagement specialist Jacob Hammer who will serve as a supervisor to the new hires.

The total estimated cost for the two new staff members is roughly $156,000 annually.

Benjamin Strick, director of adult behavioral health for Spurwink, says Hammer has had success supporting residents dealing with the range of challenges.

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