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Orland Park Police Department in Cooperation with Trinity Services Awarded U.S. Department of Justice Grant for Mental Health
Posted on 09/25/2019

Orland Park Police Department in Cooperation with Trinity Services Awarded U.S. Department of Justice Grant for Mental Health

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, the Orland Park Police Department received notification from Katharine Sullivan, the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General from the United States Department of Justice, that it was awarded $744,039.00 in federal funding under the FY 19 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program.

The three year grant will allow the Orland Park Police Department in partnership with Trinity Services to develop and implement a regional cross-system collaboration program that will enhance the outcomes  for persons with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse who come in contact with law enforcement. This awarded project will specifically target recidivism, the use of a diversionary program in lieu of an arrest and train approximately 300 law enforcement officers in mental health first aid and drug abuse awareness. The project will place emphasis on female contacts.

With the federal funding and matching local resources, a dedicated Mobile Crisis Response Unit will be formed comprising of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) sworn officers, Clinical Responders and Licensed Clinicians specialized in mental health and opioid addiction to respond to calls for assistance throughout the Village of Orland Park. In the third year of the grant, the Mobile Crisis Response Unit will expand and serve approximately 125,000 residents in Oak Forest, Orland Hills, Midlothian, Palos Heights and Palos Park.

The Orland Park Police CIT program has been nationally recognized for its efforts in area of law enforcement response to mental health related incidents. In 2017, the department was the first agency internationally to complete the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s One Mind Campaign Pledge to enhance the interaction between law enforcement and those affected by mental illness. https://www.orlandpark.org/news/whats-new/orland_park_police_department_joins_international

 

https://www.orlandpark.org/news/whats-new/orland_park_police_department_s_crisis

 

Contact: Deputy Chief Joseph Mitchell (708)364-8106