Los Angeles Police Department

Police-mental health collaboration (PMHC) programs support law enforcement agencies around the country in planning and implementing effective public safety responses to people who have mental illnesses.

At A Glance

Total number of agency personnel:
Sworn: 9,959
Civilian: 2,950

Total population served:
4 million

Los Angeles, California

Program Highlights

  • Uses a multi-layered approach that includes triage by trained dispatchers, 24-hour triage line, co-response teams, follow-up case managers, and focused community engagement
  • Features embedded mental health professionals in police agency
  • Incorporates comprehensive data collection and information-sharing procedures
  • Employs a robust training strategy that includes 40-hour Mental Health Intervention Training
  • Engages community partners through the Mental Health Crisis Response Program Advisory Board


Brian Bixler
100 W. First Street, Room 320
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 996-1300
[email protected]

Charles Dempsey
Los Angeles Police Department
100 W. First Street, Rm. 320
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 996-1300
[email protected]

Website: LAPD Crisis Response Support Section