In the past, we depended on the following departments to respond to crisis calls:
- Minneapolis Police Department
- Minneapolis Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services
Starting in 2018
City leaders created a working group to explore alternative responses to 911 calls. Since 2018, the City Coordinator’s Office of Performance and Innovation (OPI) has led the City in this transition.
- The OPI began a community-centered review of alternatives to police response.
- The City Council approved several recommendations.
See Transforming Community Safety and Engagement Plan
- Plan goals:
- To provide the right resources to residents at the right time
- To leverage existing City resources
- To use community resources
We seek existing community providers to partner with on this work:
- We may test multiple options, including
- Partnering licensed behavioral health providers with emergency medical services and emergency medical technicians
- Partnering with violence prevention community navigators
- We will use a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process to find and evaluate the best service providers.
- We want to ensure an equitable process. To do this, we’re asking providers for advice on inclusive procurement practices.