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626.8441 Responding to calls involving emotional crises and mental illness; model program pilot projects.

Subdivision 1. Model policing program. The commissioner of public safety, in consultation with the community mental health peace officer advisory board named under subdivision 2, may award grants to (1) develop models of community policing that are responsive to the unique needs of the law enforcement and mental health systems in Minnesota, and (2) promote these models throughout the state. Grants may be awarded to either existing or new projects. The commissioner may approve the implementation of community policing pilot projects in metropolitan and rural areas. In order to receive funding, a pilot project must focus on the following:

(1) responding in a knowledgeable and sensitive way to persons exhibiting symptoms of mental illness, to persons having drug-related reactions, and to others who may be in an emotional or mental crisis;

(2) significantly reducing the risk of harm to the individuals who are the subjects of such calls, to the officers responding to the calls, and to the general public;

(3) identifying and implementing a continuum of intervention strategies that will prevent escalation, produce de-escalation, and minimize the use of force; and

(4) creating partnerships with community resources that result in positive resolution, reduction, and prevention of potentially harmful incidents.

Subd. 2. Community mental health peace officer advisory board. A community mental health peace officer advisory board must be appointed by the commissioner of public safety and must consist of the following members:

(1) two licensed peace officers;

(2) two representatives from the association of chiefs of police;

(3) two representatives from the Minnesota state sheriff's association;

(4) a representative from the mental health consumer survivor network;

(5) a representative from the mental health association of Minnesota;

(6) a representative from the alliance for the mentally ill;

(7) a representative from a county social services agency or human services board as defined in section 256E.03;

(8) a community mental health provider;

(9) a mental health professional;

(10) a law enforcement educator with experience training peace officers to respond to mental illness calls; and

(11) other members deemed appropriate by the commissioner.

In making appointments to the board, the commissioner must take into consideration metropolitan and rural interests. The board must advise the commissioner on the model policing programs and on related areas of concern to persons with mental illnesses, peace officers, and the public. No per diem may be paid to members of the board. The board expires June 30, 2003.

HIST: 1Sp2001 c 8 art 5 s 15