Goal 08: Improve crisis access and response to reduce Emergency Detentions.
Performance Target: The number of Emergency Detentions at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division will decrease by 10% (720) from he 2012 baseline of 7,204 Emergency Detentions.
Tactical Objective 8.5: Improve the capacity of law enforcement (Milwaukee Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, and municipal police departments) to effectively intervene in crisis situations through expanded CIT training.
Progress on Target and Objective: The Memorandum of Understanding between Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee Police Department has been approved to allow the creation and implementation of a MPD Crisis Mobile Team. The police officer assigned to this team will begin orientation at BHD on June 3, 2013, and the plan will be to have this law enforcement and clinician-manned team begin working as first responders to calls for individuals who may need involuntary treatment in the month of July. It is believed that this team will be able to utilize other means of crisis intervention and help to stabilize individuals in the community without having to complete as many Emergency Detentions. Progress has also been made towards Tactical Objective 8.5 through a renewed relationship between MPD and the BHD Crisis Services. BHD Crisis Services met with MPD on May 23 to request being more involved in CIT trainings again. This renewed partnership will facilitate relationships with MPD, improve public information on accessing crisis intervention services, and reduce the likelihood that crisis events lead to emergency detentions through educational efforts.
(Update provided by Amy Lorenz)