RENO — On Friday at the Airport Plaza Hotel in Reno, The Northern Nevada Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) held its state convention.
In attendance were Reno Mayor Robert Cashell, Deputy Chief William Rulla and other dignitaries. One of the presenters, Officer Patrick O’Bryan of the Reno Police Department, was given a $10,000 check from NAMI to support the Mobile Outreach Safety Team (MOST).
MOST is a collaborative effort between the Reno Police Department and Northern Nevada Mental Health Services. MOST currently is under the newly formed Community Action Officer Unit.
MOST Mission includes:
• Complete regular maintenance and welfare checks on problematic frequent users of services to promote medication compliance and wellness to reduce calls for service and frequent hospitalizations.
• Provide skilled assessment to encourage voluntary use of community resources to prevent future crises.
• Provide skilled intervention capabilities for situations require a “diagnostic” legal 2000 where officers or paramedics do not have the necessary training and background to complete a legal hold.
• Provide educational resources for law enforcement to expand the body of knowledge about mental illness and techniques available to address the phenomenon.
• Work episodic situations involving individuals who, through their illness, are causing increased calls for service and or a danger to the community or themselves.