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There are 8,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States. 1,000 have some form of specialized policing and response presence - which means that they have at least a few officers who are crisis intervention trained (CIT). 200 of these law enforcement agencies have some form of program that is beyond a few police officers trained in CIT. In 2016, there were 6 departments that were awarded a grant from the Department of Justice and Bureau of Justice Assistance. These six are currently learning sites dedicated to studying the affects of having a behavioral health specialized co-response team. The Portland Police Department and its’ mental health co-responder unit is one of the six law enforcement agencies. The goal of this research is to gain a deeper understanding of the Behavioral Health Unit and it’s impact on the greater Portland community for the police department, community partners and clients.
Sedlack, Anne, "Behavioral Health Unit: Case Study at the Portland Police Department" (2017). Thinking Matters. 94.