The Brighton Police Department has a co-responder team through a partnership with Reaching HOPE, after receiving a $525,703 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance in 2023.
The three-year grant was awarded to support cross-system collaboration to improve public safety responses and outcomes for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders who come into contact with the justice system. The grant is on a cost-sharing schedule to allow the city to sustain the program once the grant award ends.
The program pairs mental health clinicians with police officers to assist in helping people who are experiencing mental health crises. The co-responder program:
Provides people with on-scene, evidence-based treatment options
De-escalates individuals in crisis to reduce mental health hospitalizations
Utilizes appropriate alternatives to arrest for individuals experiencing serious mental health and/or substance abuse crises
Connects individuals with local, ongoing, behavioral health and substance use treatment options
The co-responder program currently consists of two mental health clinicians, a case manager, police department supervisor, Reaching HOPE supervisor, project director, and researcher/evaluator. The research component of the project will allow the department to analyze data to ensure the CRP is effectively being deployed to meet the community’s needs.