Data Analytics, Data Collection, Data Privacy, Health and Human Services, Public Safety
CSU Chico and CSU Sacramento
The City of West Sacramento will be working with Andy Potter, Assistant Professor at Chico State, and Arturo Baiocchi, Associate Professor at CSU Sacramento, on evaluating their co-responder public safety model for community mental health. The city has utilized a co-responder model for the past five years and aims to develop a sustainable and robust metric system that can inform the division of how to continually improve their approach to supporting those in crisis or suffering from mental illness. This project builds upon Dr. Baiocchi and Dr. Potter’s previous work in evaluating Sacramento County’s Strategies for Policing Innovations-Homeless Outreach Team initiative. They will work with the city’s police department and other relevant stakeholders to formulate a Logic Model and formal Evaluation Plan. Learn more about Dr. Baiocchi and Dr. Potter’s work here: https://www.csuchico.edu/pols/people/tenure-line-faculty/potter-andy.shtml and here https://scholars.org/scholar/arturo-baiocchi
The City of West Sacramento’s Police Department has utilized a “co-responder model” over the past five years. Under this “co-responder model”, mental health professionals accompany police officers to calls related to homeless individuals and a multitude of service calls.
On July 15, 2020, the City proposed to reallocate funding for five (5% of the city’s officers) vacant Police Officer positions, to instead fund the creation and implementation of the Police Department Division of Community Outreach and Support to expand the Department’s “co-responder” approach to public safety that focuses on supporting those in crisis or otherwise suffering from mental illness, substance abuse disorders, homelessness, or other conditions. Currently, mental health professionals are available to accompany police officers for 70 hours of the week.
The primary goals of using the “co-responder” model are the following:
There have been previous efforts to measure the impacts of the “co-responder model” in the past 5 years however due to inconsistent metrics and data collection, it was not sustained. The Police Department, Mayor’s Office and City Manager’s Office want to properly set in place a sustainable and robust metric system that can continually assess the effectiveness of the “co-responder model” and can inform the division of how to improve the “co-responder” model. The City would like to think of the model to include everything from the initial 911 call the public makes to the response of the police and mental health professionals.
Learnings about potential issues from previous efforts:
The research team will be able to access following resources :
Additionally, West Sacramento is in talks with a few cities across the U.S. who are also interested in using data-driven evidence to identify and improve effective public safety models. The research team can leverage these other jurisdictions that we are partnering with, whether it be larger data sets or their assessments system. Research teams may also be able to collaborate with those city’s academic teams.
The City of West Sacramento is seeking the following outcomes and requirements:
Additional Desired Outcomes: