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Keyword: mental health

The Baltimore County Police Department's cable TV program has changed its name to On the Beat. The next edition runs through January 2019.

The opening segment focuses on the Baltimore County Crisis Intervention Team and how the program assists police officers in successfully addressing  citizens who suffer from mental illness. Ms. Victoria Hershfeld and Ms. Kimberlye Ullman, of the Baltimore County Crisis Intervention Team, discuss alternate methods that Baltimore County uses to peacefully deal with individuals in crisis.

The topic in the second segment is our K9 Unit. Lieutenant Joseph Peach provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look into the Baltimore County Police Department’s K9 Unit and the training that officers and their K-9 partners go through to become a certified police K9 Team.

The program airs every day on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

On the Beat is available online, if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

For Mental Health Awareness Month, the Baltimore County Police Department is sharing information about the Baltimore County Mobile Crisis Team. This team is a part of the collaborative program between the Police Department, the Baltimore County Health Department, and Affiliated Santé Group, collectively known as the Baltimore County Crisis Response System.

The Mobile Crisis Team was created in the County in the summer of 2001, and pairs a licensed mental health clinician with a County police officer. The Mobile Crisis Team can respond to calls of service involving individuals in need of behavioral health assistance, mental health assistance or crisis intervention. This system puts those needing assistance in touch with resources, with no cost on the part of the individual. The care provided by the team also includes assistance with the treatment of substance abuse issues. This system relieves police manpower from situations which law enforcement personnel would be dealing with someone in crisis or the time transporting an individual to a local hospital for treatment.

If you need mental or behavior health services, you can call 410-931-2214. This hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with mental health professionals.

Revised June 27, 2017