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 […]

Lack of resources for mental health in Des Moines

(Des Moines, IA) Rose has been experiencing mental health crises for a while. She is bipolar with PTSD and borderline personality disorder. During her mental health episodes, police were the only resources available to them. If Rose was violent she would be taken to jail. If Rose was non-violent, police said they are unable to […]

The Problem with Police involved with mental health

People with disabilities or mental illness are 16 times more likely to die from a police encounter. “Many police departments do not provide sufficient training on how to respectfully and safely interact with people in crisis”. Many crisis response units have been popping up as an alternative to policing. The Mental Health First Oakland was […]