San Mateo’s participation in a pilot mental health crisis program has led to better interactions and collaboration between the public and its police department, with San Mateo Police Chief Ed Barberini praising the program’s initial start.
Implemented in 2005, the San Mateo Assessment and Referral Team (SMART) program is the first and only of its kind in California. Developed in collaboration between multiple agencies as a community resource, the program is funded in part by Measure K and the Mental Health Services Act. There are currently two SMART vans covering the county from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
SHIELDS’ Juvenile Justice Mental Health programs provide treatment and diversion programs that result in better outcomes for the youth and their families and less recidivism back into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
The Criminal Justice Services program is designed to address the behavioral health needs of individuals with mental health, substance use disorders, or both who are involved in the criminal justice system.
Contra Costa Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Plus (CoCo LEAD Plus) is a diversion program in Antioch, CA that allows police to refer people who would otherwise face prosecution for eligible low level criminal charges to community-based behavioral health services.