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Crisis responders offer an alternative to police

Alternative Response Team starts taking 911 calls in Bellingham

A person with painted nails holds up a phone with 911 dialed in.
Calls to 911 are being fielded by Bellingham's new Alternative Response Team when police are not needed. The program will help people experiencing homelessness and individuals in immediate crisis. (Trenton Almgren-Davis/Cascadia Daily News)
When a Bellingham resident calls 911 to get help for someone in a behavioral health crisis, dispatch
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