Mental health crisis response
Update: We're looking for 10 Boston residents with professional or lived experiences with mental health issues to join our Community-Led Design Group. The Design Group will create a plan to pilot a community-led response to mental health crises the City.
As one step to promote safety, justice, and healing in every neighborhood, the City of Boston is committed to strengthening our response to mental health crises. In April 2021, the Mayor asked the Health and Human Services Cabinet (HHS) and the Boston Police Department (BPD) to design a pilot program. The goal of the program is to:
- increase the role of mental health workers, and
- decrease the role of police in responding to mental health crises.
We heard from the community. We evaluated our current protocols. We looked at best practices across the country. On August 5, 2021, the Mayor announced a pilot initiative to help provide the best possible response for Boston's residents.