Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Poster Session


Social Work


Professor Gerstenblatt


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.



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