CHPD and Canvas Health Featured in National Best Practices Publication
PERF's research focuses on three main categories of crisis-response models, one of them being co-response programs. The success of the department's co-response program is one of the models featured in a case study in the report. The program was launched in 2021 and provides a social worker that is available to help police respond to mental health related calls. The report highlights a survey of Columbia Heights Police Officers in which all 26 respondents said the embedded social worker program added value to the department and three-quarters said it made their job easier and reduced the number of times they needed to use force to resolve calls.
See the report here.