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"megan mcgee" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

Newsradio 970 WFLA

08:13 min | 1 year ago

"megan mcgee" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"You know boots on the ground, so to speak first responder, but also the ability to have multiple lights and staff that are available to assist and respond in scenarios with Baker acts and March, Max. And as you and the CP Police department know better than I do. Some of these calls that could seem like they're not necessarily going to be violent or Escalate to a situation where the person responding could end up in danger. Some of the people, especially with certain mental health issues, things can escalate quickly and they can become violent. That's where I was worried about the community liaisons. But if law enforcement is with them with this initial rollout that seems to make a lot of sense to make Absolutely, and you know Are are con center reviews and that's called That's something that they've always done. You know, we do have you know that type of information, and we also will be, um, you know, quite conservative as we roll out the program with against sending out calls for different types within those calls categories that I mentioned before again. We want this program to be successful. We want this program to be Beneficial in our community, and and we do We feel that this really makes ah, large difference to allow train human services, professional toe, do the good work that they do. I'm joined by Megan McGee, Special projects manager at the same People East Department. We're talking about their new program, community assistance and life liaisons or call for this first phase. This initial rollout of the program. Let's say there is a call. It's a mental health related call. You have the officer and you have the community liaison going out together. Like you said, who takes the lead? Once they arrive on the scene. Is it initially going to be the police officer and then their community liaison will be there to assist or will it be the other way around? How is that going to work? We really want to let the experts do the good work that they do so absolutely in a scenario of the mental health call, um, that they would respond together, But as far as kind of leading the call we we do want them to have that increased responsibility. To be able to handle those types of calls. I'm assuming and correct me if I'm wrong within the same people this department, this program is likely pretty popular because you have somebody else dealing with certain issues on these calls that they're just better equipped to deal with than our police. What the community response to it. Was this an idea that came out of the protests and all of that In the summer of 2020 the discussions between the community and the police department as it had a lot of initial support on that front, right? Well, you know, the The idea and kind of the building of this program. You know, Some of the pieces were already in place before some of the you know some of the activities and demonstrations over the summer, both locally and nationally. Um You know, our chief of police is a big proponent of community policing, which, um, looks at ways to, um, you know, partner with the community, create relationships and not just be solely on enforcement. Um, I mentioned the path unit, which is the the police unit. That call will be embedded with And again just the creation of a unit is that was on a several years ago, and that was kind of an innovative idea that that she's had to be able to respond to homeless related issues in a different way, you know and again, not have this ongoing cycle of You know, arrest and then you know, back on the street being able to try to provide services transport to shelter things like that. So we had pieces of it already kind of in place, and we had also Aren't really looking at calls that we were receiving that weren't police matters. You know, somebody's child didn't want to go to school. Um, you know, Somebody you know, had a knish you with the laundry mat. They didn't get their quarters out way were we were starting to look at. You know what is the best way? You know, toe deploy our officers in a way that is truly in line with public safety, So I would say some of those decisions were certainly already occurring. But, you know, I think, certainly as a as an organization and the great work that are the men and women of the police department. Do this is something for the most part, I think has been completely welcome because Um, you know they are trained. They are good at what they do, but this is not the job that they signed up to do. They are not trying to be the social workers and you know these things kind of came together, and it really allowed us an opportunity. Again to look at it. Reimagine Who can we partner with? That has the expertise to be able to really deliver these services in our community. I'm sure there are some listening who will want to know the answer to this question. So let me gotten ask it. This program the implementation of this program, the creation of it, It's in no way part off a larger effort to defund The same people East Department. Correct. Excellent question. I'm glad that you asked that we are not be funding the police and this is more of a reallocation of resources, the funding that we utilize or the pilot Actually came from dollars that we had earmarked that would have been used as a match for another, basically, a grant that we had, um, from the federal government. Finally, is there any other information about the program that you want to let everyone know about? Obviously, those who live in ST Pete were directly impacted by this, But I also think the other law enforcement agencies in the region they're gonna be watching this to see how it plays out and perhaps Create their own programs based off of what you're doing. What works. What doesn't all of that? So is there any other information about the program that you want to make Sure everyone has and also for people listening If they just want to find out more about it, How can they do that? Absolutely. We will be doing some community conversations, Community engagement section. I believe we will probably have them virtually, You know, just to be mindful of our current situation with covert numbers. We will have some additional information out. There are social media are partner Gulf Coast again. They have some great information on their website as well and they are actively Recruiting staff, the individuals that would be doing this work, so I know that they are definitely putting, you know things out there. Um, you know, the Focus with this program again, You know, we see great. Benefit from having proactive and follow up contacts with these again highest utilizes the service to reduce these repeat calls, and our partner will also ensure that the individuals they served Have access to a 24 7 numbers so they can call on that directly and not keep going, You know, to 91 word for don emergency needs, so it really is beneficial for the community and so many different ways. Um, and it's also worth stating as well. This is not a 85 program. We're staffing it 14 hours a day, seven days a week. Um, and there's hours will depend on call volume and things like that for the call types that we've identified. Um And for anyone that's interested again in the program. They certainly can reach out to me. Um and I would like I said. For those of you that are you're not familiar with schools of Jewish family and community services. I definitely urge you to check them out as well. They have a long time history in Pinellas.

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"megan mcgee" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

Newsradio 970 WFLA

07:45 min | 1 year ago

"megan mcgee" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"This evening, James Byrd Lander on the board. Still to come. We'll talk to our legal correspondent Felix Vega about a bill. It's been introduced for the 2021 legislative session that has to do with coronavirus liability issues, so that is on the way. Right now. I'm joined by special projects manager at the same people, least, department Megan McGee to talk about their new program called Community Assistance and Life Liaisons. This Woz topic that we talked about the other day with Felix on this show, and I got a note from the same people East Department that some of the information that we gave out was a bit outdated and so they wanted to come on and give us Ah, full overview. Of what this program is all about. Of course, I want to make sure that you are getting the 100% right information from P M Tampa Bay, so we absolutely said we'd have them on and that's why Megan joins me now, Megan, thank you so much for taking a few minutes to talk to us about this. So first of all, let's go back to the beginning. The creation of this program followed the social justice movement and the protests that we saw during the summer of 2020. Can you talk a little bit about its creation? How it came about? Sure, absolutely. Go back in July there, Crisman. If you call away announced reimagining policing as we were moving forward, Police had become the first responders for mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, and should it really be that way? We knew that we had a lot of repeat calls on non criminal matters chronic individuals. And you know, it really took a lot of police resources. Yet it wasn't always the best outcome for citizens. So in October, we put our RPI request for proposal for a human services partner when we went through the procurement process, resulting in me speaking and getting City Council approval. On the nine month pilot term contract last Thursday. So this conversation is actually very timely. Like I said, because we just went to council last week. So our partner Gulf Coast J. F. C S is Moving forward to recruit higher and start some of the services associate it with the community Assistance and Life Liaison program. How is this program envisioned? To work step us through some examples of some some calls some situations that might come up and how the community Assistance and Life liaisons program would get incorporated into the work the same people these department does. Absolutely well, let me start with. I want to identify the types of calls that the call staff would respond to they fall into the categories of mental health, substance abuse neighborhood concern. Youth and poverty, So under mental health, it would be anything with a person with a mental illness. Baker Act suicide threat Substance abuse. It would be an intoxicated person, not disorderly intoxication, but it intoxicated person drug overdose something relating to a Marchman act. Neighborhood dispute under neighborhood concerns, and then for youth. It would be truancy or disorderly, juvenile and in the scenario of poverty, it would be homeless related complaints. And the way that we will implement and roll out the program. We're going to do it in phases. The very first days of call will be embedded with one of our pre existing units, which is called the Path unit, and that acronym is Police assisting the homeless. And they would provide a coordinated response to the identified call type that I've already mentioned. The great thing about our past Seymour Path unit is they already have been very much in the community, working the homeless individuals and connecting with other social services providers, So they're really a great Way for the team to get started again. They will be embedded so they will be responding to calls together. Um anybody calling into 911 or the non emergency number? Nothing will change on there, and it'll be completely seamless, but they will be dispatched for those particular calls. We move on to see you, too. Hall will be taking increasing responsibility for responding to calls an example for that would be that they would lead the response on a particular call type and the officer would be available on site or within the vicinity. As needed and then call Phase three. Call would be responding to particular types of calls for services directly. So the start date of face too, and say three really does depend on a couple of factors, including the mutual agreement of both parties and our staffing levels. We move forward. On and throughout the program, one of the very important things that call will be doing Is managing proactive contacts and follow up past that are four who we've identified as our highest legalizers of service and again. These are individuals who Call. You know the emergency line or the non emergency line repeatedly, um, for non emergency and non criminal matters A lot of times that runs into Repeated Baker acts and a lot of product mental health issues. I'm joined by Megan McGee, special projects manager at the same Pete Police Department. We're talking about their new program, community assistance and life liaisons. I thought when this idea was first put out there that it had a lot of promise because Like you had mentioned earlier. You have police officers now in law enforcement who are having to deal with things that are just way outside, policing the community, becoming therapists on scene and social workers and all those kinds of things. So if you can have somebody with them who specializes in those kinds of issues, it seems like Big win for both law enforcement and the people who law enforcement is responding to my concern. Woz for the safety of the community liaisons, So it sounds like this is going to be Trial run here and you'll get a sense as through how all of this goes before just sending them out on their own without police with them that that would be phase three, which is much further down the road, right? Absolutely part of the model that we really wanted for this program. What if that Multiphase approach that allowed us intentionally evaluate the program as we moved forward, you know, we're relying on data and information and again, you know our partnership with our provider Gulf Coast. You know what? What is their comfort level? What is their preference? So it really is a partnership As we move forward through through the stages. Safety is paramount. It is absolutely involved in every conversation we have had in planning this program on and I think you spoke to that. You know very well. You know, our officers are Ultimately going to be able to focus on public safety issues and what they've been trained to do. And this allows a much better response for individuals again. You know, mental health is a big focus for this program. We feel very strongly a mental health professional and respond. Uh, deescalate again. The staffing model that we have from our selected provider allows us not only Immunity navigators who.

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"megan mcgee" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

Newsradio 970 WFLA

07:21 min | 1 year ago

"megan mcgee" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"Tampa Bay on this Thursday, January 14th Tom Ryan Gorman with me this evening, James Berland er on the board. We've got a lot to run through. Coming up after to talkto state government reporter for The Tampa Bay Times. Kirby Wilson will get the latest on Florida's vaccine distribution efforts will get the latest on that. From him. Also, Megan McGee, special projects manager, the same people East Department is going to join me to talk about the implementation off their new program. It's called Call Community Assistance and Life Liaisons. And that's basically that program where you have some community liaisons that are gonna be going out on certain calls with ST Pete. Police officers calls involving mental health issues, homeless issues things like that to try to basically do the work that Our law enforcement officers are police officers were never really meant to do. They've had to expand in tow therapy and social work and all of that, so this program is geared towards alleviating a bit of that, so we'll get to that. And Our legal correspondent Felix Vega is going to join me. There is a bill that's been put forward for this 2021 legislative session that has to do with coronavirus liability protections for businesses, so we'll dive into that as well. Today's top story, the latest on the pandemic and its impact on the economy. We've spent a lot of time talking about the big national news over the past couple of days and for good reason. Look Big picture all of that very important. It comes to The health of this country. This country's future. Big big news. When it comes to news that impacts Your daily life. Daily lives of average Americans. It's the pandemic that is still front and center leading the way. When it comes to the outbreak in this country. This is the latest update from the covert tracking project. These were numbers put out yesterday evening. We don't have the newest members just yet. 130,000 hospitalizations nationwide. That number for context. Was 30,000. In October. That's how much The hospitalization number. The rate of hospitalizations has increased in just the past three months, three plus months. And that's why you've seen a strain on healthcare systems in certain parts of the country, especially right now. In California. Yesterday, we added another 219,000 cases. Over 4000 deaths. This is the third time deaths have been above 4000. We're reaching new highs. Deaths are up by 10% or more in 25 different states, with the biggest increases coming in the South. And out West. And in only 12 days in January. States have reported mortgage deaths than any full month. Between June and November of 2020. More deaths in just 12 days. Than any full month again between June and November of last year. And we haven't even seen The full impact. Of the holidays. A lot of that is the Thanksgiving holiday. We haven't seen the full impact of Christmas and New Year's yet. Here in Florida. We had this was reported today. 13,700 new cases were averaging about 13,000 over the past few days, so we're Up there. Near our summer numbers near the peak of what we had seen here in Florida. Positivity rate still about double What it should be. We added 217 new deaths here in Florida over 200 just here in Florida. Just in this latest report. And word about 7700 hospitalizations. Luckily, our hospital systems have not been taxed as badly as, say, a California Some other parts of the country. But Still, we are experiencing a massive spike here in the state of Florida that is showing no signs really of slowing down and will likely continue over the course of the next couple of weeks. We will probably hit 400,000 deaths nationwide. By Inauguration Day. Hands. I'm old enough to remember when people were comparing This virus to the flu. And saying. What And this virus. It's not that deadly. I mean, look at how many people the flu kills each year. Not 400,000. Not even clip. Not even half of that. Unless it's Most of all time year. Not even Fourth of that. I don't see how you can look at all of that and say the outbreak in the pandemic. Our handling of it has gone well. Exactly what the experts said was going to happen, leading into the fall that there would be a false Serge. Exactly what they said would happen when it came to the holidays. And the surge on top of the surge. All of that has happened. And it all ties into the economy. I've said I don't know how long that months That the outbreak and the virus is directly tied to the economy. You cannot have a robust economy, a recovering economy, You can have huge growth. You can't have a full re opening when The virus is spreading like it's spreading. It's just not gonna happen if we don't do a better job of getting the virus under control, and do the things needed to do just that. It's going to have a direct impact on the economy. You can't separate the two Not possible. So what we learned today? Big spike in unemployment claims last week, almost one million claims..

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