The Phoenix Police Department announced reforms hoping to decrease police involvement with people in a mental-health crisis and lessen the odds of violent confrontations.
The changes include the creation of a Mental Health Advisory Board that will meet quarterly with Chief Daniel V. Garcia on policies and procedures. The reforms come in response to the August shooting death of a woman with mentally health issues?while?police were?serving a court-issued mental-health pickup order.
The announcement of the changes came at a press conference including Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Phoenix Police Chief?Daniel V. Garcia and CRN President and CEO Justin Chase.
“From an operational standpoint, the goal of the Phoenix Police Mental Health Board is to reduce … the need for police involvement in incidents involving persons with mental illness unless there is a dangerous safety concern,” Garcia said. “There is a difference between an emergency health pickup order and someone in need of medical attention.”