By Jenna Fisher
Arlington Police Department will be one of four new Law Enforcement Mental Health Learning Sites in the U.S., with the goal of improving police relations with those suffering from mental illnesses, the department announced Tuesday.
Under that designation, police will provide resources for state and local law enforcement agencies that are developing or enhancing a Police-Mental Health Collaboration, such as a crisis intervention team, co-response team, mobile crisis team, case management approach, or tailored approach, to more effectively respond to people with mental illnesses.
“It is an honor to be one of 10 agencies in the country recognized by the CSG Justice Center as a resource for our law enforcement partners and mental health agencies looking to expand their services,” said Police Chief Frederick Ryan. “We have seen our approach in Arlington work successfully and hope to help other cities and towns achieve the same results.”
Arlington Police will also be available to answer questions, host site visits, and work with Council of State Governments Justice Center staff to develop materials for practitioners and community partners.
In an effort to expand the knowledge base for law enforcement agencies interested in starting or enhancing a mental health program, the Justice Center, with assistance from a team of national experts and the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, overseas 10 police departments acting as national law enforcement mental health learning sites.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center chose the Arlington Police Department to be one of four new nationwide learning sites given the success of the Arlington Jail Diversion Program and Arlington Opiate Outreach Initiative, according to the press release.