Law Enforcement Response to Mental Health

Project Summary 

The National Police Foundation is working with the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to further projects that promote and expand mental health and law enforcement partnerships. NPF facilitates peer-to-peer learning through a diverse cross-section of model strategies and examples of successful collaborations between law enforcement and mental health agencies.

The NPF is also working with the CSG Justice Center on developing technical assistance (TA) plans focused on specific topic areas such as embedding clinicians, mental health crisis center coordination, diversion strategies, specialized training, and data collection and analysis.



The NPF is using its extensive understanding of public safety operations and law enforcement and mental health issues, and technical assistance provision, to support this collaborative effort. Additionally, leveraging its experience developing toolkits and other resources for law enforcement, the NPF is working with the CSG Justice Center to support the development of products and services that will enhance law enforcement agency efforts in justice and mental health.


Funding & Collaboration

The National Police Foundation’s Law Enforcement Response to Mental Health project is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).


Points of Contact

Rebecca Benson
Senior Project Associate
National Police Foundation

Jennifer Zeunik
Director of Local Programs
National Police Foundation



Technical assistance; mental health; Police and Mental Health Collaborations; PMHC; Justice and Mental Health Program; JMHCP