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Baltimore County, Maryland: A Police-Mental Health Collaboration Assessment

Baltimore County, Maryland: A Police-Mental Health Collaboration Assessment

In September 2016, Baltimore County, Maryland’s county executive asked the CSG Justice Center to conduct an independent assessment of its law enforcement and behavioral health collaboration, the Baltimore County Crisis Response System, which helps the county respond to people who have behavioral health needs. This report describes the assessment’s methodology, highlights key findings, and discusses those recommendations and strategies.

The Variability in Law Enforcement State Standards

The Variability in Law Enforcement State Standards

The CSG Justice Center, in partnership with the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST), recently released the results of a national survey on state law enforcement training standards for responding to people with mental illnesses.

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Program Checklists

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Program Checklists

These checklists can help law enforcement, behavior health, and local leaders determine whether their Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) programs align with promising practices for improving outcomes for law enforcement encounters with people with mental illnesses or who are in mental health crisis.

Officers in Schools: A Snapshot of Legislative Action

This brief from the CSG Justice Center highlights states that authorize sworn police officers in schools, whether municipal or county school resource officers, or school police officers from school districts’ own police agencies.

Survey of Major Cities Chiefs Association Members

Survey of Major Cities Chiefs Association Members

The Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCC) and the Council of State Governments Justice Center surveyed MCC members in August 2013 to better understand school-based officers’ responsibilities, practices, concerns, and barriers to successful program implementation, as part of the School Discipline Consensus Project.

Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy

Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy

The CSG Justice Center’s Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy describes how four law enforcement agencies used the principles outlined in Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy to engage in local-level reentry partnerships in order to reduce crime and increase public safety in their jurisdictions.

Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions

Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions

The publication explores the program design process, including detailed examples from several communities from across the country. It is meant to assist initiative leaders and agents of change who want to select or adapt program features from models that will be most effective in their communities. This project was coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

External Publications

Officers’ Physical and Mental Health and Safety: Emerging Issues and Recommendations

Officers’ Physical and Mental Health and Safety: Emerging Issues and Recommendations

This report from the April 2018 Officer Safety and Wellness meeting discusses how a broad range of law enforcement community members came to the table to discuss ways to eliminate persisting factors leading to line-of-duty-deaths; ways to improve access to mental health services and prevent tragedies such as suicide; and the implementation of emerging, innovative ideas for supporting the holistic health and wellness of officers and agencies across the country.

Public Safety Risk Assessment Clearinghouse

Public Safety Risk Assessment Clearinghouse

This resource is an online, comprehensive collection of information and resources focused on identifying and reducing the risk of reoffending or noncompliance with a community’s justice system requirements.

Contacts between Police and the Public, 2015

Contacts between Police and the Public, 2015

Findings described in the report are based on data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ 2015 Police-Public Contact Survey, a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey.

Criminal Victimization, 2016: Revised

Criminal Victimization, 2016: Revised

This report shows revised official estimates of violent criminal victimization that replace previously released 2016 estimates that did not permit year-to-year comparisons.

Roll Call Mental Health Training Series

Roll Call Mental Health Training Series

This series of web-based mental health training videos provides officers with tools needed to readily identify the signs of mental illness in the field and to safely and effectively de-escalate these encounters.

Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide

Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide

The guide “offers a unique ‘for the field, by the field’ perspective” focusing on research-based best practices. It includes sections on law enforcement leadership, violent crime identification and analysis, and critical elements of strategies to fight violent crime, such as community engagement, technology, and training.