The new policy follows other efforts by the police to reform the way they deal with incidents involving mental illness in order to handle these situations in a less confrontational way. Details are being worked out between the Police Bureau and the Bureau of Emergency Communications, but the program is expected to begin sometime in 2012.
Have you called the police about an incident involving mental illness? What was your experience?
- Sara Westbrook: Captain with the Portland Police Bureau
- Heeseung Kang: Program Supervisor of the Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center
- Jason Renauld: Spokesman for the Mental Health Association of Portland