The Defragmentation of Mental Health Services, Police, and the Homeless [2015]

Modern western policing has evolved from enforcement to problem-oriented and community-based. Unfortunately however, society, policing, and mental health services have relied on many of the same ineffective mechanisms such as working independently of wrap-around services rather than collectively to deal with mental health issues and homelessness. In USA one has to look no further than the homeless population to see a marginalized group with a multitude of mental health complications, disabilities, and/or substance abuse issues. Further, community-service providers often work in silos where services are well intended but focus on an individual mission rather than a collective one. We argue that building adaptable prevention and intervention solutions, strategies, and community partnership is critical for the success of police organizations in the 21st century and their interaction with homeless populations and mentally ill. We offer recommendations in an effort to enhance critical partnerships as a means of defragmenting services so communities can provide appropriate care to the homeless that suffer from mental illness.

Anthony H. Normore, Brian Ellis, Darius H. Bone
Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2016