Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Project

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration was an outreach program designed to provide intensive follow-up to police service calls involving persons with mental health issues and to divert them into community-based treatment. The program had four key goals including; (1) increasing the percentage of calls to the police that result in individuals becoming engaged in mental health services; (2) reducing the rate of repeat arrest for persons with mental illness charged with minor or non-violent offenses; (3) decreasing the number of repeat calls for services; and (4) increasing the number of patrol officers trained in de-escalation and identification of mental illness.

The Center for Child and Family Policy contracted with the Durham Police Department to provide technical assistance, data analysis and development of a report highlighting key program outcomes.