Triage Centers as Alternatives to Jail for People in Behavioral Health Crises

National League of CitiesTriage centers provide a strong opportunity to bring first responders and community-based service providers together to effectively address behavioral health crises and improve quality of life across a city, and city leaders across the country are prioritizing better police responses to people suffering from behavioral health crises, which include mental health or substance addiction crises. Triage centers have served as key components to improved police responses in several communities and are becoming more prevalent, providing an example of how law enforcement and community-based services have partnered to successfully improve health outcomes and reduce public safety risks for people with behavioral health needs. This policy brief from the National League of Cities, created with support from the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, provides examples and guidance on triage centers from national partners and cities across the country.