Exploring a Mental Health Crisis: An Examination of Mental Health Arrests in Benton County, OR Public Deposited

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  • Benton County, Oregon is presently experiencing a crisis level of police contacts with mentally ill suspects. The cause of this sudden increase is currently unknown and local law enforcement is not adequately equipped or funded to respond to this development. This report summarizes the recent literature on law enforcement encounters with and responses to the chronically and severely mentally ill and relates it to the local context of Benton County. Quantitative analysis of local arrest data was conducted to determine the nature of the population of mentally ill suspects and attempt to identify causes of the recent increase in mental health arrests. While no community-level predictors of mental illness are found significant, a selection of potential alternative explanations are explored, a variety of future research hypotheses are presented, and a series of policy recommendations are made to address the crisis.
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