Mental Health Response Team

BPD partners with the Washington County Mental Health Response Team (MHRT). The MHRT pairs law enforcement officers with mental health clinicians to respond to calls for service involving a behavior health component. MHRT provides long term solutions and resources for individuals experiencing mental health illness, and ultimately helps reduce officer time and resources spent on repeat calls for service involving individual community members. BPD dedicates 1 FTE police officer to the team and funds the salary of a mental health clinician employed by Lifeworks NW. In 2022, BPD’s MHRT officer and assigned clinician responded to approximately 900 calls for service in Washington County, which were related to persons experiencing a mental health crisis.