Law Enforcement Liaisons

Law Enforcement Liaison program

The Foundation 2 Law Enforcement Liaison program works with area law enforcement agencies to provide specialized mental health care responses to mental health-related calls. Our trained crisis counselors work to navigate and de-escalate mental health-related situations and connect individuals with community resources.

We understand that situations involving mental health concerns can sometimes require an emergency response. The Foundation 2 law enforcement liaison program helps connect people experiencing an emergency mental health situation with the best resources possible. Our trained crisis counselors respond to calls involving potential or confirmed mental health concerns, typically alongside local police. These services are available to everyone in the service area, regardless of situation, income or other demographics. There are no qualifications to receive services.

This service is currently available through the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Department, Marion Police Department, and the Linn County Sheriff’s Department.

The goal is to provide the most appropriate type of care for mental health-related emergency calls. Of calls to the Linn County Sheriff’s Department from May-June 2021, a majority of calls were resolved with stabilization in the community (57%), followed by voluntary hospitalization (14%), involuntary hospitalization (12%), other (12%), and crisis stabilization beds (5%).

Our crisis counselors’ goal is to:

  • quickly observe the situation
  • deescalate immediate risks
  • provide crisis mental health support
  • connect individuals with community support services
In FY20, we responded to
police co-responder dispatches

How We Can Help

The local fire department, police department, and area ambulance service were called to the residence of an adult individual daily – sometimes multiple times per day – due to mental health crises and manic behaviors.

The Foundation 2 Law Enforcement Liaison walked through a committal process with the individual’s mother and father, and the individual was able to access a higher level of care at a mental health facility.

The Foundation 2 Law Enforcement Liaison has continued to work with the family to ensure that safe guardianship can be established and helped advocated for further care in the community.

How We Can Help

An adult with multiple serious mental health diagnoses wandered out alone on a nature trail. They walked until they reached a construction zone, became disoriented, and panicked. They called 911 for support. Guided by dispatch, the Foundation 2 Law Enforcement Liaison was able to navigate through the trail and construction zone and find the client, who was pacing the trail, anxious and scared. The Foundation 2 Law Enforcement Liaison was able to de-escalate the client, build trust, do an evaluation, and transport them to a Crisis Stabilization Bed for continued support.