Forum: The Intersection of Policing and Mental Health
Thursday, September 6th, 2018, 11:45am-1:15pm
The Grove Hotel, Ballroom 2nd floor
Chief William Bones , Ross Edmunds , and Dawn Rae


The Boise Police Department (BPD) reports that 25% of all emergency calls to BPD are mental-health related. The forum includes “Intersection” in the title because there are many interconnected relationships between police and mental health services resulting in complex interdependent systems of care and response. This early September forum will focus on adults with mental illness who come in contact with the Boise police. The forum will present a panel of three experts addressing the following major topics:


  1. Crisis Centers, specifically Pathways Community Crisis Center of Southwest Idaho, which opened in Ada County in December, 2017.
  2. Psychiatric Emergency Teams (PET), funded through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW)
  3. Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT), a law enforcement model that includes professionals from different disciplines
  4. Idaho’s involuntary commitment laws as they apply to adults, age 18 and older.


Addressing these issues from a variety of perspectives, our panelists will be:
  • Boise Police Chief William (Bill) Bones. Chief Bones is a 20 plus year veteran of the Boise police force. He was appointed Chief effective February 1, 2015 by Mayor Bieter. Chief Bones created the position of mental health coordinator in his first year as Chief and has implemented Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) within the Boise Police Department.
  • Ross Edmunds, MSW, Administrator, Division of Behavioral Health, Idaho Dept. of Health & Welfare. Mr. Edmunds has 20 plus years of experience in mental health services both as a clinician and administrator. As Administration of the Division of Behavioral for IDHW, he oversees operations for the State of Idaho behavioral health system including adult mental health and substance abuse services.
  • Dawn Rae, BS, NREMT-P, Ada County Paramedics. Ms. Rae has been with Ada County Paramedics since 2003. She currently holds the position of community paramedic. She helped develop the Psychiatric Emergency Team (PET). The team partners a community paramedic with a IDHW mobile crisis clinician. PET responds along with Ada County’s law enforcement agencies to a variety of 911 calls involving citizens experiencing a mental health crisis. The goal of the PET team is to determine the best outcome for the individual in crisis.
The goal of this forum is to educate City Club members and the public on new ways of dealing compassionately with people who suffer a mental health crisis and come into contact w/law enforcement. As the title suggests, dealing with individuals in crisis and protecting our community is a complex issue because a number of agencies are involved in every interaction.


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Special Thanks to our Forum Sponsor St. Luke's Health Systems


City Club thanks our Premier Sponsor, AARP of Idaho and our annual sponsors, including Northwest Nazarene University, and Idaho Humanities Council. This Forum Series is sponsored by the contributions made by Micron, Echelon Group. We are pleased to welcome university students to attend our events thanks to our University partners Boise State University and University of Idaho. Our media partners include Peppershock Media, 670 KBOI, Idaho Statesman, and Boise State Public Radio.



Chair: Julia Robinson, DPA
Moderator: Sue Reents