Resources for Interactions between Law Enforcement and Individuals with Mental Health Issues

Law enforcement officers typically serve as first responders to the mental health crisis due to the lack of mental health services across the United States.

The resources provided here are intended to offer promising practices for law enforcement and allied professionals, and to promote collaborative partnerships among them, with the ultimate goal of appropriately serving individuals with mental illnesses. 




This project was supported, in whole or in part, by grant number 2015-CK-WX-0027 awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice. References to specific agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the author(s) or the U.S. Department of Justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues. The Internet references cited in this publication were valid as of the date of this publication. Given that URLs and websites are in constant flux, neither the author(s) nor the COPS Office can vouch for their current validity.