Mental Health Unit

Our Mission

The Madison Police Department Mental Health team is committed to providing a professional, compassionate and dedicated specialized police response to mental health consumers, families and partner agencies. We believe in the dignity of all people and strive for collaboration while improving outcomes for consumers, reducing demands on police resources, and improving safety for officers, consumers and the community.

Our Values

  • Problem solving: We believe in identifying the underlying issues creating police calls and reducing them.
  • Collaboration: We engage with partners from across the government, civil society, families and consumers to improve systems, relationships, and outcomes.
  • Diversion: We aim to reduce the involvement of criminal justice in mental health issues and the criminalization of mental illness.
  • Professional development: We seek increased knowledge and expertise within the unit and to share our knowledge and experience with the department at large.
Mental Health Unit Announcement
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Off the Square Club with Mental Health Unit officers

Testimonials

"The partnership between Journey Mental Health Center's Crisis Unit and Madison Police is invaluable. It has been inspiring to see a law enforcement agency so dedicated to understanding the individuals that come to their attention. The Madison Police Department, and more specifically the Mental Health Officer Team, has been willing to learn about mental health and non-physical crisis intervention. The work that the Madison Police Department in concert with Journey Mental Health Center's Crisis Team, provides the City of Madison's residents an opportunity to get mental health support in lieu of being incarcerated." -Hannah Flanagan, Director of Emergency Services for Journey Mental Health Center
"Our collaborative relationship with the Madison Police Department to provide intensive CIT training has demonstrated significant improvement in communication, ensuring officer and community safety and helping to connect those in crisis to mental health services." -Lindsay Wallace, Executive Director NAMI Dane County

July 10, 2019 1:25 PM

Come support local heroes prior to the Forward Madison FC match! Come celebrate "The Battle of the Badges" as we take on the Madison Fire Department in a charity soccer match at Breese Stevens Field! Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Friends of MSCR. Charity match is set for 5:00pm with gates … [read more]

July 3, 2019 2:44 PM

Between calls for service, Police Officer Michelle Roof often stops out at south and west side basketball courts to interact with the youth. Realizing the uniform can sometimes be a barrier, she set out to find a different way to break the ice with the aspiring NBA stars. With rising summer … [read more]

May 2, 2019 4:39 PM

Last month, MPD’s community outreach unit was contacted by a case manager for adults with disabilities. The case manager explained that someone she supported was interested in everything related to first responders. The community outreach team hosted Ryan (pictured, in backward hat) at … [read more]

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