Understanding the role of service providers, land use, and resident characteristics on the occurrence of mental health crisis calls to the police

Clair White*, Victoria Goldberg, Julie Hibdon, David Weisburd

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Abstract

Similar to concentrations of crime, mental health calls have been found to concentrate at a small number of places, but few have considered the context of places where mental health calls occur. The current study examines the influence of the physical and social context of street segments, particularly the role of service providers, land use features of the street and nearby area, and characteristics of residents on the likelihood of a mental health crisis call to the police occurring on the street. The findings demonstrate that the social context, such as offending and drug use among residents, levels of social cohesion and community involvement, and drug and violent crime influenced the occurrence of mental health crisis calls. Findings from this study make theoretical and practical contributions to a number of disciplines by improving our understanding of where mental health crisis calls occur and why they are found at specific places.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1961-1982
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume47
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2019

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Keywords

  • crisis calls to police
  • land use
  • mental health
  • microgeographic places
  • service providers

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