Carter secures $748,000 for Copperas Cove Mental Health Response Team

Representative Carter Secures $748,000 for Copperas Cove Mental Health Response Team
(Copperas Cove, TX)—Today, Representative John Carter announced that he secured $748,000 for Copperas Cove Police Department's Mental Health Response Team in the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill that was recently signed into law.
"As a former judge, I witnessed firsthand the added stress on police officers to respond to mental health crisis calls," said Representative Carter. "Having a trained team to respond to these difficult calls will help Copperas Cove residents suffering in crisis get the help they need and keep officers focused on community safety. I applaud Chief Wilson and Mayor Yancey for their vision and partnership to get this done. I think the citizens of Copperas Cove will greatly benefit from this responsible use of federal tax dollars."
"The demand on police officers continue to increase along with the need for a wider skill set to meet all community expectations," said Copperas Cove Police Chief Eddie Wilson. "With a lack of available mental health resources, our officers have become the primary first responders to a mental health crisis. Police officers are not licensed clinicians but are mandated to make mental health-related decisions with minimal training and experience. Most communities like Copperas Cove lack the funding and resources to appropriately manage the increasing number of mental health-related calls for service. Numerous attempts for similar grants have failed in previous years. This grant will serve as the single largest amount of funding ever received by the Copperas Cove Police Department and would not have been possible without the help of Congressman Carter's Office. I speak for the Copperas Cove community when I say we're truly grateful for the support received from Congressman Carter and his incredible team. I can assure this funding will be put to great use."
"On behalf of myself and the entire Copperas Cove City Council, we express sincere gratitude and appreciation for this amazing grant opportunity which has been bestowed by Congressman Carter’s Office," said Mayor Dan Yancey. "Annual budgeting for Municipalities has become routinely challenging, as we attempt to balance available financial resources with increasing community needs and expectations. Approval and awarding of this monumental $748,000 grant will provide an amazing pathway to necessary mental health resources to better allow the City of Copperas Cove and the Copperas Cove Police Department to serve those in our community. We are appreciative of the allocation and thankful for the opportunity to better serve our citizens, thank you.”