1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
The mission of the Behavioral Health Unit is to coordinate the response of Law Enforcement and the Behavioral Health System to aid people in behavioral crisis resulting from known or suspected mental illness and or drug and alcohol addiction.
The BHU is located within Central Precinct and encompasses and oversees the four tiers of police response to individuals with mental illness or in crisis:
The BHU has a designated Captain, Lieutenant and Sergeant who oversee the entire program, including:
Crisis Intervention Training
All Portland Police Bureau officers have received crisis intervention training throughout their careers, and new recruits will continue to do so.
In addition, the Bureau has 50 officers from a variety of patrol assignments who will act as Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team officers. These Officers will be the first responders dispatched by 9-1-1 to calls that are determined to be related to an individual with mental illness. In May, the officers will receive additional training in: the indicators of mental illness; crisis communication skills; interaction with consumers and family members; and education on community resources. The training will include scenarios applying patrol tactics to persons in behavior crisis.
Behavioral Health Response Team
The Behavioral Health Response Team pairs an officer and a licensed mental health professional from Project Respond. The Portland Police Bureau currently has three BHRT cars. The officers and Project Respond professional work proactively with individuals who have multiple contacts with police to attempt to connect them with appropriate services in advance of a mental health crisis.
Service Coordination Team (SCT)
The Service Coordination Team (SCT) is a program that offers treatment to the City's most frequent drug and property crime offenders to address their drug and alcohol addictions, mental health issues and criminality. This program has successfully graduated 102 former drug addicts from its treatment program, reducing recidivism among program graduates by 91%.
The Portland Police Bureau is committed to continuously improving its response to its delivery of service to Portland’s most vulnerable communities.
A look at a typical day for the Police Bureau's Behavioral Response Team (formerly Mobile Crisis Unit)
Contact information and reference materials.
Behavioral Health Unit Newsletter
On average, someone will die by suicide every four days in Portland. In recent years, suicides were more frequent during the summer.