Voluntary database launched in Southside to provide care during mental health crisis

Southside Virginia News

Courtesy: MGN

HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – The Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center has created a database for residents and businesses to voluntarily provide relevant information that can help responders during an emergency.

As part of the Marcus-David Peters Act, the database will equip first responders with pertinent records to find appropriate solutions for those suffering from a mental health crisis or emergency.

“Whenever we dispatch first responders, it is important that we are sending the right people for the job. If someone is having a mental health crisis, they may not always need a police officer. Sometimes that escalates the problem rather than improving the situation. The database allows for people to come to us ahead of time and share that mental health information so the dispatcher will know who to send.”

J.R. Powell, Director of the Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center

Information that is provided such as behavioral health illnesses, mental health illnesses, developmental or intellectual disabilities, or brain injuries will remain confidential.

The data will not be made available to any other entity besides dispatchers and first responders to better serve the needs of individuals in the community.

Information can be provided by the individual or by a parent or legal guardian.

Any minor will automatically be removed from the database when they turn 18 unless a request is made to remain in the database from the individual or legal guardian. The date of birth is required on the voluntary database in order to meet the guidelines for automatic renewal.

If you are a resident of Henry County or Martinsville, you can submit this information by clicking here. You can also request a physical form by calling the 911 Administration at (276) 632-1197.

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