Across the nation, communities are grappling with how to respond to crisis calls, particularly ones involving people with behavioral health needs. As they work to build and expand their crisis systems, communities are also looking to expand beyond typical police responses to include mental health professionals and other community responders. This brief highlights the continuum of responses that make up a comprehensive, coordinated crisis system and offers guidance for building a system that addresses local needs.
Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: The Essential Elements of a Specialized Law Enforcement-Based Program
Crisis Systems, Law Enforcement, Mental Health, Co-Occurring Substance Use
Crisis Systems, Mental Health
Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
Hadley Fitzgerald provides technical assistance to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees and supports policy projects to enhance cross-system collaborations for criminal justice and behavioral health agencies. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, Hadley worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) as a coordinator for a regional consortium of Medicaid plans, providers, and Health Homes. Previously, Hadley worked as a forensic social worker for the DOHMH and NYPD Co-Response Team and the Brooklyn Defender Services. She received an MSW from the Hunter School of Social Work and a BA from New York University.
Deputy Division Director, Behavioral Health
Risë Haneberg serves as Deputy Division Director, Behavioral Health Division, for the Council of State Governments Justice Center. In this role Risë leads the Stepping Up Initiative, the national effort to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the justice system with partners National Association of Counties (NACo) and the American Psychiatric Foundation (APAF). Additionally, Risë provides oversight to county systems improvement projects and technical assistance to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grantee sites. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Risë served as the criminal justice coordinator for Johnson County, Kansas, from 2008 to 2014. Risë previously served as the chief court service officer in Johnson County and began her career in criminal justice as a juvenile probation officer in 1979. Risë holds a BS in criminal justice from Wichita State University and an MA in public administration from the University of Kansas.
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