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Tag: Mental Health

June 17, 2019 9:05 AM

Mental Illness is one of the larger challenges that we deal with as a community. The City of Madison is fortunate enough to have a myriad of selfless individuals and qualified agencies that strive to assist those afflicted with mental illness on a daily basis. Unfortunately, despite all of … [read more]

May 31, 2016 8:46 AM

Guardianship is most effective when it is proactive not just reactive. When police respond to crimes or crises in the community, the damage in most cases has already been done and our role becomes one of tending to the victims, apprehending suspects, and doing what we can to help put the pieces … [read more]

February 11, 2016 7:18 AM

Last week, our nationally recognized specialized police response program serving people with mental illness in our community took another leap forward with the addition of a dedicated in-house Crisis Worker from Journey Mental Health Center. This type of co-located or co-responder model has … [read more]

December 11, 2015 3:02 PM

In the past several weeks, my office has received some letters from various groups that have raised questions or demanded explanations on a host of topics. I thought that this blog may provide some insight that could be shared citywide as several of these issues also surface at various community … [read more]

January 26, 2015 11:38 AM

On May 2nd, 2014, my third day as Chief for the City of Madison, I was finishing up on some work at my beloved training office when I heard the alert tone sound from my desktop scanner.  As cops, we have all experienced that anxious moment wondering if it will be a call assigned to me and … [read more]

September 9, 2014 10:14 AM

The Madison Police Department has a longstanding commitment to partnering with mental health providers, advocates, and consumers in an effort to improve services to those with mental illness.  The Department’s nationally recognized Mental Health Liaison Program uses well-trained patrol … [read more]

April 14, 2014 3:53 PM

Each and every Madison Police Department officer is trained to respond to and to handle calls that involve persons with a mental illness by use of compassion, appropriate communication/de-escalation and stabilization skills and to work collaboratively toward an effective resolution.  We have a … [read more]

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