First Six Months of Mental Health Responses Led to Zero Arrests

Denver recently released the STAR (Support Team Assisted Response) program 6 months ago. The program was designed to address non-violent incidents with mental health professionals instead of armed police. After 6 months, Denver’s STAR program has not arrested a single individual. In addition, they have resolved 748 nonviolent conflicts, averaging 6 incidents a day. Unfortunately, […]

Portland’s new public safety program

A new public safety program has been launched in Portland as an alternative to sending police to mental health calls and homelessness. The program, Portland Street Response, will comprise of teams of five. The five members will consist of a firefighter, a paramedic, a mental health clinician and two community health workers. According to the […]

New St. Louis Program Redirects Mental Health Calls From 911

Calls involving people with mental health issues, or in a mental crisis, may be diverted to specially trained behavioral health professionals in St. Louis. Tiffany Lacy Clark, COO of the contractor involved in the program, Behavioral Health Response, said the broader goals of the program are to relieve police and EMS workers from responding to many […]

New Program Expanding Detroit’s Crisis Intervention Responses

The city of Detroit announced a partnership with the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network in hopes of fixing a “broken system” by adding behavioral health support to police, 911 call takers and homeless outreach workers. DWIHN will offer Detroit police officers and 911 call takers crisis intervention team training. Detroit police and DWIHN will work in crisis intervention teams.  The […]

Minneapolis City Council attempting to create a mental health response team

A proposal regarding police reform is being circulated through the Minneapolis City Council. The proposal would create a 24/7 mental health mobile emergency response team. Currently Minneapolis police respond to all 911 calls, including non-violent calls and mental health crises. Mental health crisis calls are the third highest number of calls in Minneapolis. The response […]

New York City Implementing Police Alternative for Mental Health Calls

A new pilot program in New York City will allow mental health and crisis workers to respond to mental health emergencies instead of law enforcement. “For the first time in our city’s history, health responders will be the default responders for a person in crisis, making sure those struggling with mental illness receive the help […]

Police alternatives being examined for Sonoma County police departments

Mobile Support Team speaking with Sonoma County officers

The Santa Rose Police Department is pursuing a program that operates 24/7 and would provide unarmed professionals trained in nonviolent interventions for specific responses. Some responses would include mental health emergencies and homelessness. Insufficient state and federal funding has lead to a lack of resources for individuals struggling with mental health. Currently, traditional beat cops […]

Grassroots organization in Minneapolis pushing for police response alternatives

In Minneapolis, police are involved with every 911 call including calls regarding mental health crises. Taren Vang called 911 expecting mental health professionals to arrive after her boyfriend was threatening suicide. Police arrived instead of mental health professionals and Taren’s boyfriend was fatally shot. The grassroots group, Communities Against Police Brutality, is advocating for an […]

House Proposal That Funds Mental Health Providers For Mental Health Emergencies

“Four Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill aimed at reducing violence against people with mental illnesses by supporting the creation of special units that would be dispatched instead of police to respond to mental health crises.” People with disabilities are 16 times more likely to die from a police encounter. In addition, people with […]

Potential Police Reform In Virginia

Virginia congressmen began an agenda to reform policing in Virginia days before the special session began in August. Proposed legislation encompassed overhauling police practices, changing protocols when responding to emergency calls and allowing localities to have more oversight of local departments. Some protocol changes include a ban on neck restraints, prohibition of of no-knock warrants, elimination of […]