Best Practices in Law Enforcement Responses to Mental Health Crises

The League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust partnered with the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association and the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association to develop a best practices guide and model policy for law enforcement personnel responding to mental health crisis calls. Both were written by attorney Bill Everett, principal of Everett Law, LLC, and former police officer, and are based on a series of meetings with key law enforcement and mental health professionals from all areas of the state.

The guide chronicles current response challenges faced by agencies and identifies realistic solutions and approaches for addressing those challenges based on a set of mutually agreed-upon guiding principles. The model policy establishes guidelines for officers responding to mental health crisis situations.

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View the information memo, Mental Health Crisis Data (pdf)