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Mobile crisis services

Mental health professionals are available to respond to calls, either on the scene or as a follow up, at the request of law enforcement officers. These professionals can then begin the assessment process, provide acute on-site crisis stabilization, and facilitate connections to needed care and services. Some teams may also respond to requests directly from community members.

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Local Examples

Jackson County, OH Hopewell Health Centers

  • The mental health agency, Hopewell Health Centers, operates a 24/7 mobile crisis team to assist regional county jails and law enforcement agencies in responding to people with behavioral health needs.
  • Jail and law enforcement personnel can call the 24/7 crisis line to request on-scene services.
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Multnomah County, OR Project Respond

  • The Project Respond Mobile Crisis Teams provide an immediate response to police requests for support within Multnomah County as well as requests originating through the Multnomah County Call Center.
  • The team includes emergency department liaisons, family crisis stabilization specialists, peer wellness specialists, and library crisis services.
  • Clinicians from Project Respond serve as members of the Gresham Police Department, providing follow-up support and services to individuals who have had contact with the police primarily due to mental health needs.
  • Full-time clinicians from Project Respond serve within the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit and partner with Portland police officers to comprise a Behavioral Health Response Team, which provides co-responder follow-up support and connects individuals to appropriate services.
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Savannah, GA Savannah Police Department

  • The Savannah Police Department Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) includes three primary components:
    • Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team
    • Behavioral Health Response Team
    • Service Coordination
  • The Behavioral Health Response Team receives referrals via email from the BHU commander.
  • Since its inception in 2020, the BHU has assisted more than 160 people.
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1 - Reduce bookings into jail
3 - Increase connection to treatment
4 - Reduce recidivism

Last updated: October 28, 2022