CARES team members Pam LoCoco and Josh Darosa are pictured at El Centro de Libertad’s Half Moon Bay offices.

Amid calls for shifting armed law enforcement away from calls involving mental health issues, a new collaboration was formed in Half Moon Bay this year that advocates hope could be a model for alternative emergency services countywide.

Now, after four months of operations, it is expanding outside city limits into the unincorporated Midcoast. It has not yet made it over Devil’s Slide.

August Howell is a staff writer for the Review covering city government and public safety. Previously, he was the Review’s community, arts and sports reporter. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon.

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