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Behavioral Assessment Unit

The Behavioral Assessment Unit is part of the Baltimore County Crisis Response System (BCCRS), which is a collaborative program between the Baltimore County Police and Health departments. 

The cooperative partnership is designed to provide comprehensive crisis intervention services to persons in a mental health crisis. 

Crisis Hotline

A Crisis Hotline is available to those in crisis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 410-931-2214.

Behavioral Assessment Teams

The Behavioral Assessment Unit consists of the Threat Management Team, Mobile Crisis Team and Critical Incident Support Team. The Unit is staffed by a lieutenant, sergeant, corporal and 15 patrol officers. 

Threat Management Team

The Threat Management Team provides services that help prevent workplace violence. Detectives assigned to this Team are trained in threat assessment and site security assessment. They are given resources that are used to manage a threatening situation and coordinate with local, state and federal agencies to take appropriate actions to mitigate a threat. They also assist with the prosecution of cases as necessary.

Contact the Threat Management Team to schedule a threat assessment or site security assessment at your business, school or religious institution.

Mobile Crisis Team

The Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) provides mental health services to persons in mental, behavioral or emotional crisis. A specially-trained police officer is paired with a licensed mental health clinician. They provide emergency police response to persons in need of crisis intervention, assess individuals in need of services, offer resources and referrals, and complete emergency petitions when warranted.

System Goals

  • Create a partnership with mental health and police systems.
  • Develop an accessible, coordinated and comprehensive system of psychiatric emergency services.
  • Fill service gaps identified in the emergency system.
  • Appropriately divert persons who have mental illness from the 911 emergency system and hospital emergency departments.
  • Link frequent mental health consumers to the mental health system.
  • Reduce police time on calls associated with mental health consumers.
  • Increase disposition and treatment options for police officers responding to crisis calls.
  • Increase overall treatment satisfaction for mental health consumers.
  • Address the behavioral health needs of consumers in Baltimore County.

Critical Incident Support Team

The Critical Incident Support Team (CIST) serves members of the Baltimore County Police Department, in addition to the community, to address and reduce the emotional impact that traumatic events and critical incidents can inflict upon law enforcement officers, emergency first responders, their families and citizens of the community. Stress management is also available to those experiencing difficulties post-trauma.

BCCRS and the Affiliated Santé Group

The Behavioral Assessment Unit is part of the Baltimore County Crisis Response System (BCCRS), which is a collaborative program between the Baltimore County Police and Health departments. 

The Affiliated Santé Group is the private vendor contracted by the Baltimore County Health Department to staff the clinical requirements of BCCRS.

Contact

Behavioral Assessment Unit

Public Safety Building
700 East Joppa Road
Towson, Maryland 21286

Phone:

410-887-3943

24-hour Crisis Hotline:

410-931-2214

Threat Management Team:

410-887-7825

Mobile Crisis Team:

410-887-7820

Behavioral Assessment Unit Commander

Lieutenant J. Bryan Shanks

Threat Management Team

Detective Kenneth Brown

 
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