Indianapolis Mobile Crisis Assistance Team

(Indianapolis, IN) The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department established a mobile crisis assistance team (MCAT). If an officer needs help assisting someone in a mental health crisis, an officer and a clinician will respond. When MCAT arrives on scene, 96 percent of the time no arrests are made. “You are not going to be able to […]

Some Charlette 911 calls shifting to non-police responders

(Charlotte, VA) A safety reform approved by the city council will shift certain responsibilities from police to mental health clinicians. “CMPD Police Chief Johnny Jennings said on Monday that transitioning more mental health calls to the crisis response team would address long-term problems in the community better than isolated officer interactions. 911 calls that are […]

Police Reform Bill Signed into Law in California

People with disabilities are disproportionately affected by police killings. Today Governor Newsom of California signed a bill into law “that requires the California Attorney General to investigate police killings of unarmed civilians, removing the duty from local officials.” This will make police more accountable for their actions. While this is a step in the right […]

Crisis Response Team, an Alternative to Police for Mental Health Emergencies

(Chicago, IL) The “Treatment for Trauma” proposal focuses on alternatives to policing for those with mental health emergencies. In Chicago the police exclusively deals with these emergencies and as a result, “the largest mental health provider in this city is Cook County Jail.” “The crisis response team would be staffed by paramedics and social workers […]