Mental Health Evaluation Team
The Burbank Police Department and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health have joined together in a cooperative effort to provide the City of Burbank and the community we serve, a mental health team to address the growing needs of those suffering from mental illness and homelessness. Our two agencies developed the Burbank Mental Health Evaluation Team, known as BMHET.
BMHET is comprised of police officers from the Burbank Police Department and a licensed Department of Mental Health clinician. BMHET responds to calls for services or other police contacts that have mental health underpinnings. BMHET is utilized to evaluate subjects who appear to have mental health disorders.
Once on scene BMHET determines if further mental health treatment is required. They then utilize the numerous resources that Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health can access, as well as apply for holds, per 5150/5585 WIC.
BMHET also conducts case management with those in the community. BMHET focuses their efforts on helping those that consistently require our services to alleviate patrol and other police services. BMHET also coordinates with the Investigations Division to assist in proper prosecution through the mental health system and criminal courts system.
For further information or to inquire about BMHET services contact Officer Snowden (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mental Health Clinician, Maria Panduro at 818-238-3391.