Birmingham is one of the first cities to take part in a White House initiative. Birmingham's mayor, William Bell, made the announcement Friday.
Under new training and direction first responders will now be better able to deal with people who are mentally ill.
"We are all impacted by mental illness and it's time to have an open and honest discussion on how to improve our response to those in need of help," said Bell.
Birmingham will be joining other cities like Sacramento and Kansas City in the new training.
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