OPD plans to expand mental health response team after success

A call to 911 can bring a police officer, firefighter or paramedic to help. In Orlando, the call can also bring in a trained mental health professional. Lovetta Quinn-Henry is the captain of the Orlando Police Department’s Community Relations Division. They replace the police. And that’s what’s unique about the program. These professionals actually respond to calls when our residents call and they or their loved ones are going through a crisis, Quinn-Henry said. program has just completed its first year. “So it’s kind of a check to see, ‘How were we doing?’ And the pilot was definitely above expectation,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said. The harm was aimed at the team. It was because they needed law enforcement there- down to help the person they were caring for,” Orlando Police Department Chief Orlando Rolon said. On Monday, Orlando police gave the city council a full rundown of the program and asked if there’s room in the budget to double its size. OPD said they want more response teams and a mental health professional based at the 911 call center. have a loved one when they call 911. They are asked to ask for the Community Response Team,” Quinn-Henry said. Currently, two teams are responding. Each team is made up of just two people, a case manager and a clinician with a big impact.”It’s almost like adding a few extra police officers to the streets because they’re not tied to other things,” Dyer said. Orlando will add- he more clinicians to his police force? “What I can tell you is that we are going to extend it and hopefully increase it,” Dyer said.we are also very well trained, calls are screened. And we do our best to try to prepare them to be in me sure to identify when a situation has reached a level beyond their control, and law enforcement officers are more appropriate,” Rolon said. Dyer told us the program cost about $450,000 last year.

A call to 911 can bring a police officer, firefighter or paramedic to help.

In Orlando, the call may also involve a qualified mental health professional.

Lovetta Quinn-Henry is the captain of the Orlando Police Department’s Community Relations Division.

“They stand in for the police. And that’s what’s unique about the program. These professionals actually respond to calls when our residents call and they or their loved ones are going through a crisis,” Quinn-Henry said.

OPD’s Community Response Team program has just completed its first year.

“So it’s kind of a check-in to see, ‘How were we doing?’ And the pilot really exceeded expectations,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said.

“We found only two cases out of the approximately 900 people who received help where members of the Community Response Team called on law enforcement to respond. It was not because the harm was meant for the team. It was because they needed law enforcement to be there to help the person they were caring for,” the Orlando Police Department chief said. Orlando Rollon.

On Monday, Orlando police gave the city council a full rundown of the program and asked if there was room in the budget to double its size.

The OPD said it wants more response teams and a mental health professional based at the 911 call center.

“We really want our residents to know if they are experiencing some kind of mental or behavioral crisis or if they have a loved one when they call 911. They are encouraged to ask for the Community Response Team,” said said Quinn-Henry.

Right now, two teams are responding.

Each team is made up of just two people, a case manager and a high-impact clinician.

“It’s almost like adding a few more police officers to the streets because they’re not tied to anything else,” Dyer said.

Will Orlando add more clinicians to its police force?

“What I can tell you is that we’re going to expand it and hopefully increase it,” Dyer said.

The Orlando Police Department said adding Community Response Team members could save officers more than 300 hours of time each month.

“Our teams are also very well trained to screen calls. And we do our best to try to prepare them to be able to identify when a situation has reached a level that is beyond their control, and law enforcement officers order are more appropriate,” Rollon said.

Dyer told us the program cost about $450,000 last year.