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Interns provide mental health support for law enforcement
Law enforcement and behavioral health agencies collaborate with universities to hire interns who provide clinical support for police-mental health collaborations, such as co-response teams or mobile crisis units. While there are limitations to this approach (e.g., high turnover), these programs can help provide support for mental health professionals and/or fill… Read More
Law enforcement has remote access to mental health professionals
Officers seeking guidance on managing an encounter with a person who appears to be in mental health crisis may contact a designated mental health professional. These mental health professionals have access to a database where they are able to view information about the person’s mental health history. Read More
Identify “high utilizers”
Counties are tracking people who frequently utilize multiple systems and designing interventions to address this high-need population. Read More
Telehealth options for law enforcement
Officers have access to mental health professionals through tablet devices, which can be used in the field during mental health-related encounters. People involved in these encounters can speak with mental health professionals who conduct appropriate interventions virtually. Read More
Jail-based competency restoration
When a court determines that a defendant is not competent to stand trial, it often directs the defendant to inpatient treatment at the state hospital until competency is restored and they can return to the court. This is not always an efficient use of resources, and the process may take… Read More
Train jail personnel
Jail personnel are trained to recognize and appropriately respond to people with mental illnesses. Read More
Screening process for Medicaid and SSI/SSDI eligibility
A process is established to screen people in the jail (and at any other points in the criminal justice system, as applicable) for Medicaid and Social Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability (SSDI) eligibility. Read More
Specialized defense counsel
Once appointed, the defense counsel is made aware of a defendant’s identified mental health needs. In some jurisdictions, defendants with such needs are also connected to social workers or case managers embedded in the defense office. Read More
Specialized jail personnel
People that enter the jail are identified and connected to treatment by specialized jail staff who have been trained to recognize and appropriately respond to people with mental illnesses. Read More