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 (BCCRS), 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.

March 2018 | The Council of State Governments Justice Center

In partnership with the Baltimore County Police Department (BCPD), the Baltimore County Health Department, and the Affiliated Santé Group—a non-profit behavioral health crisis service provider—the CSG Justice Center reviewed the BCCRS for its effectiveness, comprehensiveness, and adherence to national best practices. Based on the findings of the assessments, CSG Justice Center staff identified recommendations to better position the BCCRS to provide an effective and comprehensive response that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and maximizes both public safety and health outcomes.

You might also be interested in

When Responding Well Means Responding Together

Local law enforcement agencies are increasingly encountering unsheltered homelessness and mental health crises. States can help.

Read More

Funding Spotlight: New Grants Support Justice & Mental Health Partnerships

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs is accepting applications for federal grants that support partnerships…

Read More