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Officials seek answers to rise in mental calls

In the first quarter of 2020, the Sweet Home Police Department responded to 31 mental health-related calls.

In the first quarter of 2021, that number ballooned to 120.

“Finding the reason for the increase is always kind of difficult, because everybody’s a little different,” said Police Chief Jeff Lynn.

In an attempt to reduce this statistic, Police Department representatives have reached out to Linn County Mental Health for aid.

In response to that meeting, County Mental Health started sending a crisis worker to Sweet Home to go out on the streets with police officers and Community S...