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Ruppersberger Secures $2 Million for Baltimore City 911 Diversion Program

Jul 15, 2021
Press Release
City began diverting certain 911 calls to behavioral health experts in May

(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced $2 million to expand a 911 diversion pilot program in Baltimore City has advanced in the U.S House of Representatives. The funding was included in the Commerce, Justice and Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022, which was passed by the House Appropriations Committee in a 33-26 vote today.

Congressman Ruppersberger requested the funding on behalf of Baltimore City, which in May became one of the first cities in the nation to begin diverting certain non-criminal and non-violent 911 calls to behavioral health specialists and community partners. The funding will enable the city to increase the number and types of calls available for referral.

“This program helps ensure Baltimore City residents in crisis receive the care and assistance they need while relieving a significant burden on our already-taxed law enforcement officers and emergency medical workers. Police will be able to spend more time fighting crime and violence,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “I thank my fellow Appropriators for recognizing the need for this funding and including it in this year’s funding bill.”

The project is one of nine Community Project Funding Requests submitted by Congressman Ruppersberger in the 12 various appropriations bills for 2022. It is among 2,887 projects submitted by all members of the House of Representatives, only some of which will be approved.

The $81.3 billion CJS appropriations bill funds agencies and programs in the Departments of Commerce and Justice, as well as NASA and the National Science Foundation. The legislation supports economic development and law enforcement, as well as efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, climate change and more.