By Annie Mehl – Boulder Daily Camera

The Boulder City Council on Thursday night approved tacking a behavioral health response pilot program onto the city’s existing co-response program in an effort to help free up police officers’ time and allow trained clinicians to respond to non-criminal 911 calls.

The year-long pilot program, which the City Council tentatively renamed Health Equity Assistance Team or HEART, following City Councilmember’s Lauren Folkerts’ recommendation rather than Community Assistance Response Team, was mostly supported by City Council Thursday night and will begin next year.

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