The following items were discussed at the Lakewood City Council study session meeting Nov. 9, 2015:
- Update on mental health partnership: Police Chief Mike and Mental Health Provider Carolyn Cyr discussed the Mental Health Partnership that provides a Behavioral Health Contact team that helps Police connect individuals to mental health treatment and community resources. That intervention on police calls provides a way for individuals to connect with much-needed mental health services rather than incarceration. Since the program began in February, there have been 103 mental health service referrals or coordination with an individual’s current mental health provider. There have also been 15 individuals hospitalized, eight individuals incarcerated and 18 individuals who were given lists of community resources and services for the elderly. This is a program the Lakewood Police Department would like to continue.
- Update on homelessness: Karmel Shields gave a report on homelessness in Lakewood, as well as what the City of Lakewood is doing to help. According to the Homeless Management Information System, there were 61 households (86 individuals) who were considered homeless in January of this year. From 2010 to this year, the City has invested more than $4 million in housing services aimed at reducing homelessness.