City of LaGrange launches juvenile early response program

Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 4:18 PM EST
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LAGRANGE, Ga. (WTVM) - The City of LaGrange is partnering with West Georgia Counseling and Assessment to offer an Early Response Program for juveniles.

The program is a behavioral-health related response to police calls involving juveniles. West Georgia providers will respond to the scene with law enforcement once families have been identified as in need of services or are in crisis. Providers will then help to de-escalate the situation and work with the family to connect them with resources and services which may include counseling.

The idea was presented before the County’s Board of Commissioners.

“The police department presented concerns regarding the amount of hours they were spending in family’s homes dealing with issues that did not rise to the level of criminal offense,” said CEO of West Georgia Counseling and Assessment, Andrea Malone.

The services will be offered for the next year. West Georgia Counseling will be on call Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 8 a.m. They will also be providing services on weekends and holidays.

The LaGrange Juvenile Court will also help with carrying out this program.

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