Communities have been examining and reconsidering when police should be the first to respond to public health or safety situations, specifically related to people experiencing homelessness, mental health crises, and substance use disorders. The Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI) program invites you to attend our upcoming presentation: "Responding to People in Crisis: Alternative Models of Police Service Webinar" on March 25, 2021 at 2:00PM Eastern. This webinar will focus on alternatives to traditional enforcement approaches when police respond to people in mental health and/or substance use crisis. Increasingly, the police have come to represent the last resort for support for individuals and families who are homeless, or in crisis as a result of mental health or substance use disorders. Police officers are often challenged to resolve complex personal crises with limited training and resources. These crisis response calls for service also require a disproportionate amount of time when compared to all other types of calls for assistance. As a leader in evidence-based research and solution-oriented problem solving, SPI organized a webinar focused on alternative approaches to traditional enforcement police agencies can use when they receive calls for crisis response.
This webinar will explore how three different law enforcement agencies, through the SPI initiative, developed new approaches for responding to people in crisis and the impact and outcomes of these new models. All three models adopt a service approach based on collaboration as well as co-responses with community service providers.
The SPI sites featured in this webinar – Roanoke County, VA; Sacramento County, CA; and Providence, Rhode Island – will discuss the specific response models they implemented, their collaborative relationships with community-based service agencies, the successes and challenges they encountered, and the results of impact evaluations of these models.