Alternative Response Taskforce - Mental Health

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Co-Chair Cheryl Potts speaks at ACRT kickoff meeting

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Oak Park Village Manager Kevin Jackson established an Alternative Response to Calls Taskforce (ARCT) to continue to support the community safety project of Oak Park. The purpose of this taskforce is to bring to the table a wide range of experts, community members, and specialists to advise on an alternative call response model for Oak Park to specifically help individuals suffering from a mental health crisis.


The goals of the ARCT are as follows:

  1. Review and understand the “Essential Calls for Service Evaluation Report” drafted by Berry Dunn to determine if its recommendations are a viable alternative to Oak Park Police Department’s current response model.
  2. Review and understand Oak Park Police Department’s current alternative calls for service response model.
  3. Review and understand the different alternative calls for service models currently in use at various police departments across the country.
  4. Make specific recommendations to the Village Manager regarding the best alternative calls for service model for the Village and the Oak Park Police Department.

Better decisions are made when our community provides input, and we want to make that easy. Share your ideas and take the opportunity to influence decision making on local issues and projects that matter to you. Registration is free and easy to join! If you haven't done so, please take a moment to click here and register to join our online community.

Oak Park Village Manager Kevin Jackson established an Alternative Response to Calls Taskforce (ARCT) to continue to support the community safety project of Oak Park. The purpose of this taskforce is to bring to the table a wide range of experts, community members, and specialists to advise on an alternative call response model for Oak Park to specifically help individuals suffering from a mental health crisis.


The goals of the ARCT are as follows:

  1. Review and understand the “Essential Calls for Service Evaluation Report” drafted by Berry Dunn to determine if its recommendations are a viable alternative to Oak Park Police Department’s current response model.
  2. Review and understand Oak Park Police Department’s current alternative calls for service response model.
  3. Review and understand the different alternative calls for service models currently in use at various police departments across the country.
  4. Make specific recommendations to the Village Manager regarding the best alternative calls for service model for the Village and the Oak Park Police Department.
  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Oak Park Alternative Response Taskforce is hosting two public engagement sessions in March to gather feedback that will inform its recommendations for Village leadership about how first responders should handle mental health crisis calls.

    Community members are invited to share their opinions, ideas and experiences related to mental health care at a meeting scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 at the Oak Park Elementary School District 97 Administration Building, 260 Madison St.


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