Mental Health Unit

Our Mission

The mission of the Madison Police Department Mental Health Unit is to provide a coordinated, professional and compassionate police response to individuals affected by mental illness and their families. The Mental Health Unit will work collaboratively with partner agencies to achieve improved outcomes for individuals affected by mental illnesses or suffering a crisis by connecting them to needed services and diverting them away from the criminal justice system whenever possible. The work of the Mental Health Unit will reduce calls for police service related to mental illness issues and will improve safety for officers and all members of 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.
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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

October 22, 2020 1:24 PM

Madison Area Addiction Recovery Initiative The Madison Area Addiction Recovery Initiative (MAARI) is a Bureau of Justice Assistance initiative that seeks to refer persons who overdose or are stopped for low-level, victimless offenses and offer them a referral to medication-assisted and … [read more]

September 18, 2020 10:26 AM

The Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI) was a Grant funded program that ran from 2017 to 2020 at the Madison Police Department. The goal of the program was pre-arrest diversion, which means that we deflected people with eligible charges that are suffering from addiction away from the … [read more]

March 25, 2020 9:51 AM

MPD Services Flyer Servicios del Departamento de PolicĂ­a de Madison Some MPD services will be modified during the COVID-19 pandemic: MPD District Stations are closed to the public. The entryway to each district has a phone with a direct connection to the 911 Center that can be … [read more]

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