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 last part of the partnership will bring together behavioral health clinicians, street outreach providers and Detroit’s neighborhood police officers to help residents with no home find shelter and permanent housing. According to the city, up to 30% of people who are homeless have behavioral health concerns, and an estimated 35% of the inmates in the Wayne County Jail have a medical history of mental illness. More of this story here.