Evaluation of the Indianapolis Mobile Crisis Assistance Team

Service: Policy studies

Research Areas: Criminal Justice, Public Safety

In May 2016, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett formed the Criminal Justice Reform Task Force to address, among other issues, the significant number of individuals entering the criminal justice system with mental health or substance abuse issues. This resulted in the establishment of a Mobile Crisis Assistance Team (MCAT) pilot program that integrated police, paramedics and mental health professionals into teams to respond to emergency calls involving people with behavioral health and/or substance use issues. The pilot program aimed to divert those people to mental health and social services instead of the criminal justice system, and to relieve other
first-responders from the scene of these time-consuming and complicated emergency situations. The MCAT pilot began in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) East District.

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Katie Bailey
Brad Ray
  • Brad Ray
  • Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research
  • 317-274-8701
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