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About 10% of law enforcement agencies’ total budgets in 2017 was spent responding to and transporting persons with mental illness. In total, law enforcement agencies spent an estimated $918 million on transport for people with severe mental illness (SMI). About 21% of total law enforcement staff time was used to respond to and transport individuals with mental illness, which accounted for 165,295 hours and 5.4 million miles. About 26% of all law enforcement transports of individuals with SMI were for people who had three or more law enforcement encounters in one month. These findings were reported in “Road . . .
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