About the Tucson Police Mental Health Support Team

 

The Mission of the Tucson Police Mental Health Support Team is to provide improved public safety and service through the utilization of mental health and substance use disorder services. The MHST strives to decrease the number of incarcerated mentally ill and addicted individuals by acting as an entry point into mental health treatment, and prevent incidents through early intervention with speedy and thorough case follow-up.

 

Our Team

The Tucson Police Department Mental Health Support Team was established in January 2014, and represents a philosophical shift in law enforcement response to behavioral health and substance use disorder incidents. After several high profile incidents throughout the country (and in Tucson), combined with an opioid epidemic, law enforcement agencies recognized that such incidents and trends may be prevented through early intervention of mental health and substance use disorder services.