The Orland Park Police Department’s new Mobile Crisis Response Unit has been formed to ensure that the mental health needs of all residents are met, especially during these uncertain times. In partnership with Trinity Services, the Mobile Crisis Response Unit allows for real-time, thorough and in-depth assistance for those in need, when and where they need it most.
Nationally, adults with severe mental illness account for 1 in 4 people killed in police encounters. This new program changes the way Orland Park public safety personnel approach the needs of those suffering from mental illness. The Mobile Crisis Response Unit integrates into the Village’s public safety infrastructure by dispatching a mental health crisis worker to respond alongside public safety personnel to crises involving people experiencing mental illness and substance abuse problems. When the Mobile Crisis Response Unit is activated, law enforcement will play a supporting role, instead of the primary role. This acknowledges the general consensus that mental-health crises should not be criminal-justice matters.
A number of factors have led to a need for this program including severe cuts by the State of Illinois for mental health funding, the closure of a local mental health facility, a decrease in inpatient psychiatric beds over the past several decades, and a lack of adequate funding for community-based mental health services.
A press conference was held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 to debut the program. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.