MNPD expansion program to respond appropriately to mental health calls

MNPD expansion program to respond appropriately to mental health calls

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Metro Nashville Police will continue its partnership with behavioral health experts after a successful pilot project.

Partners in Care aims to respond appropriately to mental health calls.

It is going to be extended for at least one year and will be available in more metropolitan areas. The goal is for officers to respond to mental health calls and provide treatment where possible, avoiding arrests.

The Metro Council’s vote to continue the program was unanimous. They agreed to a one-year contract with Mental Health Cooperative for the expansion.

The pilot program began in the summer of 2021 in the North and Hermitage neighborhoods, with the addition of the Central neighborhood in May. The South Ward will be added in November, with a new ward added every six months until the program expands citywide.

In the first year of the project, officers and clinicians responded to over 1,300 calls for service which resulted in arrests just over 4% of the time. More than half of the calls were resolved with medical transport, either to a hospital or to a treatment centre.

To date, more than 100 metro officers have been trained on how to respond to crisis interventions.


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