Co-Responder Programs: Keys to Successful Implementation and Promising Innovations for Justice Professionals

Co-Responder Programs: Keys to Successful Implementation and Promising Innovations for Justice Professionals
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2020-10-22
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Co-Responder Programs
Unit 2 Recording: Co-Responder Programs

A significant number of people with mental illness are jailed every year, often for minor and non-violent incidents.  One solution to this issue is the use of co-responder programs where behavioral health clinicians, working in partnership with law enforcement officers, respond to 911 calls involving individuals experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis.

In this webinar attendees will learn:

  • The national scope of the problem that is the focus of these co-responder programs
  • The usual design and implementation stages for co-responder programs, including
    • Engaging community partners and other stakeholders
    • Approaches to funding
    • Key factors in program evaluation
  • Key examples of co-responder programs and the results achieved
  • Emerging and innovative approaches in use to reimagine co-response


Resources and Handouts



Audience Comments

  • “How to implement a system such as this in my community. Law enforcement and mental health concerns have been a continuous problem. I am looking forward to having a discussion with my elected District Attorney regarding the possibility of implementing this program.” — Angel
  • “Expert resources to world-class innovators and strategic design in one of the most important and pressing topics today – this webinar was phenomenal!” — Anita
  • “I liked that they gave examples and statistics on the impact they have seen through the testing.” — Crystalynn
  • “That there is data to support co-responder models that use tablets so that clients can access MH care remotely are effective.” — David
  • “This needs to be looked at across the country. It seems it is what many mean when the state to “defund the police”. This service is both cost-effective and need-specific. It also should help improve the image of police officers, most of whom work to “protect and serve.” — Joe
  • “Very good! Experts in their field. Helpful in just starting out and researching co-responder format.” — Kirk
  • “Incredible current events as John C. pointed out, wow! This helps me to see the bigger picture, someone already thought this out, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel locally. Our bosses intimate some of these thoughts and talk about the future but we are still in the ’50s and ’60s.” — Laura
  • “A great topic – very important in law enforcement. As a probation officer, I have seen how the criminal justice system fails the mentally ill over and over again. The existing system criminalizes them instead of finding ways to help them. It is great to know that there is a program like that that uses collaborative efforts to adequately identify the individual’s needs and appropriately handle these needs in the community. Once again thank you for an outstanding webinar.” — Marie
  • “Thank you for a very informative webinar! The most beneficial information is that there are low cost, high-tech solutions to not having a fully-established Co-REsponder Program, and positive results are still attainable with different variations of programs.” — Lori



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