Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Burbank Police Department Mental Health Evaluation Team (MHET) evaluation
by Iacoboni, Michelle S., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 177; 1586157
Abstract (Summary)

In recent years, the Burbank Police Department (BPD) in Burbank, California identified that a substantial portion of its patrol personnel and resources were routed to calls for mental health service calls. In 2012, to address the inefficient use of resources, provide better continuity of care, and enhance officer safety with high-risk individuals with suspected mental illness, BPD implemented the Mental Health Evaluation Team (MHET). This co-response team pairs a specially trained patrol officer and a Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Clinician. Together, they offer specialized patrol support, training, and crisis intervention response to the Burbank community. This thesis presents the results of a 4 month evaluation of MHET, and involved qualitative, quantitative, social network, and field research methodologies. The purpose of this evaluation was to examine whether MHET is meeting its enumerated goals, and to add to the growing body of evaluation literature involving crisis intervention co-response models.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Scott-Hayward, Christine
Commitee: Malm, Aili, Schug, Robert
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Criminal Justice
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Criminology, Public policy
Keywords: Burbank, Co-response team, Mental health, Mhet, Police, Program evaluation
Publication Number: 1586157
ISBN: 978-1-321-67140-7
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