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Suicide in Milwaukee

In 2017 MPD responded to 1,582 calls for suicide attempts and also received 8,261 calls about persons in mental health crisis.

Crisis Intervention & Assessment

The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is made up of law enforcement officers, mental health professionals and community advocates. The MPD’s CIT has several department members, which include police officers, detectives, supervisors, dispatchers and tele-communicators who have received CIT training.

CIT officers have received 40 hours of specialized training on topics identifying mental illness, suicide prevention, substance abuse, crisis de-escalation, active listening, psychiatric medications, emergency detentions, voluntary options and resources for consumers and their families. The MPD partners, along with local mental health professionals and agencies provide training and ongoing resources for crisis responders. CIT members are frequently called upon to assist in calls involving persons in crisis and priority is given to any assignments regarding persons with mental illness.

The events of this story take place in District 3.
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The Crisis Assessment Response Team is a collaborative effort between the MPD and Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD). CART will respond as a resource squad to assist officers in the field to help determine an appropriate disposition for behavioral health related calls for service. They will also take referrals from the BHD Crisis Mobile Team. They can only respond to calls for service involving persons 18 years old or older. Juveniles experiencing mental health crisis are assisted by Milwaukee County’s Mobile Urgent Treatment Team (MUTT).

Officer Alberto Figueroa
Officer Alberto Figueroa

Stats and Results: Suicide Attempts by Year

  1. 2015 1,662 Attempts
  2. 2016 1,684 Attempts
  3. 2017 1,582 Attempts


Five Percent Decrease

The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD)

Ensures that everyone in Milwaukee County gets connected to great behavioral health care - no matter the severity of their illness or ability to pay.

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Milwaukee County Mobile Urgent Treatment Team (MUTT)

Staffed by a team consisting of psychologists, social workers, nurses, case managers and a consulting physician, the Mobile Urgent Treatment Team provides crisis intervention services on a 24-hour basis to families enrolled in the Wraparound Milwaukee Program.

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Prevent Suicide of Greater Milwaukee (PSGM)

Our Mission: To reduce the number of attempted and completed suicides that take place each year in our community by raising awareness, increasing education and providing support.

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY Accessible: 1-800-799-4TTY
Spanish/Español: 1-888-628-9454
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1