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Omaha City Council puts focus on mental health

The mental health items will be brought before legislators in January.

Omaha's City Council now has a list of things it plans to send to the capitol in hopes of becoming a bill.

A good portion of that revolves around mental health.

Councilman Pete Festersen requested two different pieces.

  1. The first would allow mental health professionals to start protective custody arrangements for their patients.
    It would give them power police officers have right now.
  2. The second would allow people in the custody of behavioral health professionals to be sent across state lines.
    It's supposed to allow more access to beds and encourage different cities to work together on mental health.

"I think by including mental health professionals in that picture along with police, and City Council representatives, I think we have a much better chance of reaching a better outcome," Festersen said.

The mental health items will be brought before legislators in January.

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