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Sacramento Mayor Calls On Mental Health Professionals To Serve Community

Size:88% GETTING ANSWERS FROM ALL ACROSS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, THIS IS THE CBS13 NEWS AT 10. THE CITY IS NOW PUSHING FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO STEP UP AND PROVIDE SERVICES TO LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES. THE ISSUES WHICH HAVE ARISEN AS A RESULT OF STEPHON CLARK’S CLARK ARE — TODAY THE MAYOR AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS GATHERED TO DISCUSS PLANS ON HOW THEY ARE WORKING TO SERVE THE AFRICAN- AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND MEET THIS CRITICAL NEED.

Line:92% OUR REPORTER JOINS US FROM CITY HALL. Reporter: MAYOR STEINBERG SAYS THAT THE SHOOTING DEATH OF STEPHAN CLARK — STEPHON CLARK MAY HAVE — AS HE SAYS THE ISSUES AT LARGE ARE NOT NEW. HE SAYS NOW IS NOT — IS THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION. SACRAMENTO MAYOR STEINBERG SAYS NOW IS THE TIME FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO STEP UP, VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME AND HELP SERVE THOSE IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY SUFFERING FROM MENTAL TRAUMA.

Line:92% WHILE STEINBERG SAYS THE ISSUE OF MENTAL HEALTH IS BIGGER THAN ANY ONE PERSON, HE ACKNOWLEDGES THE ACTIONS OF STEVANTE CLARK WERE THE CATALYST FOR CHANGE. HIS ACTIONS EVENTUALLY LED TO HIS ARREST ON THURSDAY. HE IS CURRENTLY IN JAIL FACING CHARGES FOR ASSAULT AND MAKING THREATS. WHEN STEVANTE CLARK CAME TO CITY COUNCIL NOT FOR THE FIRST TIME, BUT FOR THE SECOND TIME AND SAID, THAT I AM HURTING, WE ALL SAID COLLECTIVELY, THERE IS NO SHAME. Reporter: UNITY OF SACRAMENTO CHURCH IS ONE ORGANIZATION STEPPING FORWARD. THEY WILL HELP CREATE A CONFIDENTIAL SUPPORT CIRCLE FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS SEEKING HELP. GRANDMAS BACKYARD IS A SAFE PLACE OUR YOUTH CAN RUN TO HEAL, CHILL AND SHINE.

IT IS MORE THAN A PARK. IT IS A HEALING OASIS FOR TRAUMATIZED BLACK YOUTH. THIS IS A BIG PART OF IT, ADDRESSING TRAUMA INAPPROPRIATE WAYS. Reporter: MAYOR STEINBERG SAYS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS, HE HOPES TO RECRUIT HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AND TRAIN THEM IN THE AREAS OF MENTAL HEALTH AND HOPEFULLY THEY WILL BE ABLE TO VOLUNTEER 50 HOURS OF THEIR TIME OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT YEAR. THEIR GOAL IS TO REACH 10,000 HOURS TOTAL.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER, WE HAVE A LINK ON OUR WEBSITE CBS13.COM . TO HELP PROVIDE.

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