Mental Health Response

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Law enforcement officers are being called upon to take on more responsibilities with less resources and manpower. Responding to individuals who have mental illness or are in crisis is an increasing challenge and important issue. Law enforcement officers are being asked to assume the responsibility of social workers and other community support roles. This page will serve as a clearinghouse of resources to help guide law enforcement as they are confronted with difficult questions related to mental health response.



Mental Health Response Messaging Sheet 


Responding to Persons Affected by Mental Illness or in Crisis


One Mind Campaign

Launched in 2016, the One Mind Campaign seeks to ensure successful interactions between police officers and persons affected by mental illness. Participating law enforcement agencies have pledged their commitment to implementing four promising practices, including partnering with a community mental health organization, implementing a policy addressing police response to persons affected by mental illness, and provision of CIT and MHFA training. 

The  One Mind Campaign was borne out of an advisory group convened by the IACP to discuss the problem and create a set of recommendation to help agencies effectively manage their officers' response to persons affected by mental illness. Two documents summarize the work and recommendations of that advisory group:

Building Safer Communities: Improving Police Response to Persons with Mental Illness
In May 2009, the IACP, in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice, JEHT Foundation, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services held a National Policy Summit on Building Safer Communities: Improving Police Response to Persons with Mental Illness. As a result of the summit, a report was produced that makes recommendations for local, state, federal, and tribal organizations to enhance the safety of community members and law enforcement officers when responding to crisis calls involving a person with mental illness.


Excited Delirium Syndrome (2015)

Assisted Outpatient Treatment (2014)

Raising Awareness That Opioid Abuse May Lead To Heroin Addiction (2014)

Support for Mental Health Courts (2013)

Support for Unified Prescription Monitoring Program (2004)


Support for the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act


Creating and Promoting a Culture of Officer Safety and Wellness

Sharing the Positive—Using Stats to Dispel Myths and Clarify Facts