Category: police-mental health collaboration

Baltimore County, Maryland: A Police-Mental Health Collaboration Assessment

In September 2016, Baltimore County, Maryland’s county executive asked the CSG Justice Center to conduct an independent assessment of its law enforcement and behavioral health collaboration, the Baltimore County Crisis Response System (BCCRS), which helps the county respond to people who have behavioral health needs. In partnership with the Baltimore County Police Department (BCPD), the …

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St. Paul Police Devote Unit to Mental Health Calls

Miami Herald By The Associated Press ST. PAUL, MINN. – The St. Paul Police Department says their new mental health unit is dedicated to connecting people with community resources and reducing escalations that could result in use of deadly force. The four-officer unit formally started last month, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported . Calls …

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As Opioid Overdoses Rise, Police Officers Become Counselors, Doctors and Social Workers

The Washington Post By Katie Zezima The nation’s opioid epidemic is changing the way law enforcement does its job, with police officers acting as drug counselors and medical workers and shifting from law-and-order tactics to approaches more akin to social work. Departments accustomed to arresting drug abusers are spearheading programs to get them into treatment, …

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