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Mental Health Co-Responder Program

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There has been a great deal of national, state and local conversation around the efficacy of policing, especially law enforcement’s response to non-criminal calls for service involving persons experiencing some type of mental health crisis. 

The Birmingham Police Department has collaborated with the Auburn Hills Police Department, Bloomfield Township Police Department and the Oakland County Health Network under an interlocal agreement to provide a full-time social work clinician. The clinician will address the needs of our community in the delivery of police services to people experiencing mental health issues and their families, and/or other non-criminal “service”-related calls. IMG_7790

By collaborating with the social work community and all of their associated resources, our police department will be more effective and responsive in meeting the expectations of the community in how we address the needs of people in a mental health crisis and other non-criminal calls for service.

Download an Oakland County Health Network press release regarding the launch of the program.