New outreach program aims to reduce 911 calls

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A new program that targets frequent 911 callers in Montgomery County will receive $400,000 in additional funding once approved by the county council.

Montgomery County Council Executive Ike Leggett announced the Mobile Integrated Healthcare program Wednesday following what officials call a “successful” pilot period.

The program reduced the 33 participants’ 911 calls from 424 to 233.

This was done by sending officials to common callers’ homes to identify anything potentially hazardous, like areas poorly lit or where people could fall.

“All the things that we have seen cause a person in escalating years to have accidents at home, those things can easily be eliminated,” said Chief Scott Goldstein, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department. 

The program is a collaborative effort by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The program is a collaborative effort by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue and the Department of Health and Human Services.

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