The Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) comprises three full-time mental-health clinicians employed through Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services' Behavioral Health Division.
BHU clinicians are available to the Sheriff's Office Patrol Division seven days a week.
Clinicians provide follow-up and community outreach to individuals who have had contact with law enforcement and may be in need of mental-health services.
Clinicians are also available to respond to mental-health crises on-scene when requested by deputies.
The BHU aims to divert individuals from unnecessary emergency-room visits and incarcerations by providing them with a full risk assessment on scene -- followed by help accessing ongoing services.
The BHU is part of the Sheriff's Office commitment to providing Clackamas County residents with a safe and healthy community.