As a continuing series of getting to know firsthand the work officers are doing in our community, the Police Bureau is releasing today a video ride-along with Mobile Crisis Unit Officer Josh Silverman and Project Respond clinician Cindy Hackett.
In the spring of 2013, the Portland Police Bureau created the Behavioral Health Unit (BHU), which is located within Central Precinct and oversees 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 Mobile Crisis Unit (MCU); and the Service Coordination Team (SCT).
The Mobile Crisis Unit, which began as a pilot project in 2010, pairs a Project Respond clinician with a Portland Police Officer. MCU proactively works with individuals who have multiple contacts with police to attempt to connect them with appropriate services in advance of a mental health crisis. The Police Bureau now has three MCU cars.
The Portland Police Bureau is committed to continuous improvement in our delivery of service to Portland's most vulnerable communities. Please take a moment to watch the video for a better understanding of the work of MCU.