The Collaborative Crisis Services Unit (CCSU) is responsible for conducting follow-up visits for individuals who could benefit from mental or behavioral health services. CCSU utilizes community resources, including the Elgin Police Department’s own Social Services Unit, to connect individuals with appropriate services. This, in turn, may also reduce patrol calls for service. CCSU has three primary areas of focus: mental and behavioral health, substance use disorder services, and homelessness issues.
The primary model used by CCSU is a co-response model, which pairs a police officer with a mental health professional. CCSU currently has two officers and three mental health professionals.
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EPD's Collaborative Crisis Services Unit (CCSU), Crisis Negotiations Unit (CNU) and Emergency Services Detail (ESD) work together to respond to mental health related calls for service.
The collaborative response allows officers and mental health professionals to exercise tactics that result in peaceful resolutions, while also providing follow up check ins with individuals to ensure long-term mental health needs are being addressed and they are connected to the right resources.