How CPD responds to mental health emergencies

Posted at 6:37 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 18:37:40-05

A report released by a City of Cleveland mental health committee found specially trained officers were rarely dispatched to respond to emergency calls involving the mentally ill.

The City of Cleveland Mental Health Response Advisory Committee report found the trained officers were dispatched to 1,048 possible mental health calls between January 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.

According to the report, it "reflects approximately 10 percent of the total possible mental health calls identified" in the city's dispatch system.

The committee was created as part of the City of Cleveland's settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

In 2014, a DOJ report found the Cleveland Division of Police engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive force.

The report also criticized how the department responds to mental health crises.

The committee is now working to gather information about citizens' experiences with Cleveland police officers during mental health situations.

The committee launched a survey Tuesday to encourage public input. Click here to fill out the survey