New Iowa State Police Position Helps People with Mental Illness
AMES, Iowa -- In the next few weeks, the Iowa State Police Department will add a new mental health advocate position. It's something the Ames Police Department has had for nearly four years. Three years ago, the Ames Police Department had 1,400 mental health related calls, a year ago there were 1,600 and last year they had 2,000 mental health calls. This demonstrates the growing need for extra support for individuals with a wide variety of mental illnesses.