RESPONDING TO INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH CRISES: POLICE-INVOLVED PROGRAMS

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BY ALYSSON GATENS, RESEARCH ANALYST
CENTER FOR JUSTICE RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
ILLINOIS CRIMINAL JUSTICE INFORMATION AUTHORITY
Abstract: As many as 10 percent of police contacts involve individuals with mental health conditions. A growing number of police and sherif ’s departments have implemented specialized responses to mental health crisis incidents, including crisis intervention teams (CIT). Research indicates departments of ering specialized responses show greater of icer knowledge of mental health conditions and more positive police attitudes toward individuals with mental health conditions. However, limited empirical support exists for considering other outcomes evidence-based. This article examines specialized mental health responses with an emphasis on practices in Illinois and of ers implications for future research and practice.

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