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Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Behavioral Health Unit

  • BHU at NAMI Walk 2014

  • BHU Team

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 core competency crisis intervention training for all officers;
  • Enhanced crisis intervention training for a group of officers who volunteer to respond to most crisis calls;
  • The proactive Behavioral Health Response Team (BHRT); and
  • The Service Coordination Team.

 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.


Ride-Along with the Behavioral Health Response Team

A look at a typical day for the Police Bureau's Behavioral Response Team (formerly Mobile Crisis Unit)

BHU Org Chart

Organizational Chart

Mental Health Resources

Contact information and reference materials.

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