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Impact Team and mental Health unit 

 

IMPACT TEAM 

Sacramento is home to approximately 2000 people experiencing homelessness. The Sacramento Police Department understands that compassionate policing, wrap-around services, and building long-term partnerships are necessary in addressing the needs of those experiencing homelessness.  We serve our homeless community with compassionate outreach, while advocating with our residential and business community, city leaders, and service providers to collaborate on long term solutions to homelessness.   

The Sacramento Police Department’s Impact Team provides outreach and engagement services throughout the City of Sacramento.  The Impact Team responds to community concerns regarding homelessness and engages with our homeless community members. The Impact team connects them with resources that can provide housing and other services. Additionally, our Impact team collaborates with service providers to help address the underlying causes of homelessness, and multiple options are available to assist each person. Below is a partial list of our partners:

Click here for our Homeless Response Metrics monthly statistics. 

 Mental Health Unit       

Our Mental Health Unit takes a holistic approach to those suffering from mental illness with the goal of providing a compassionate response, community safety, and linkage to follow up support and needed resources for care.

A significant part of the Mental Health Team is the Mobile Crisis Support Team (MCST). The MCST is a program funded by the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) through voter approved Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Act (MSHA), which involves a collaboration between DBHS and the Sacramento Police Department, as well as other local law enforcement agencies across Sacramento County.

Members of the MCST include a specially trained officer and licensed mental health professional who respond together to emergency calls involving a mental health crisis with the goal of addressing the crisis in the community. In addition, the MCST involves a County contracted Peer Navigator provided by TLCS Inc. The Peer Navigator follows up with individuals with potential mental health needs that our department comes into contact with to ensure they are offered support in navigating care systems and are linked to appropriate services.   Learn more about MCST and Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services by clicking here.  The members of our Mental Health Unit also utilize our partners at the Mental Health Court in order to provide criminal justice diversion opportunities for individuals suffering from mental illness and link them with service providers.  Mental health court is a collaboration between the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Sacramento County Probation Department, The Court, The Public Defender’s Office, and Sacramento County’s Department of Health Services.