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268 SAN DIEGANS HAVE BEEN HELPED BECAUSE OF MOBILE CRISIS RESPONSE TEAMS

12/07/21

 

The countywide Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) initiative launched several months ago has already responded to 268 calls (as of Nov. 29, 2021) for service with 30% transported to Crisis Stabilization Units and 45% connected to community services. Thirty-four percent of the people the MCRTs helped were experiencing homelessness.   

Chair Nathan Fletcher in 2020 introduced and passed the policy to make MCRTs available in all services areas of the county. Starting on Wednesday, all 16 teams will be available in all regions in the county and can be accessed by calling 1 (888) 724-7240, and work is being done to create access also through 911 in all communities.  

“Mobile Crisis Response Teams are part of our ongoing implementation of better mental health and addiction treatment services to help put San Diegans on a path to recovery,” said Chair Fletcher.  “Instead of sending law enforcement to assist someone having a mental health episode, we now have teams of mental health clinicians, case managers, and peer support advocates. In a short period of time, MCRTs are proving to be a success, but as the program continues to roll out we will make adjustments and efficiencies to ensure we’re continuously making progress with helping our residents.”  

To review more information about MCRT and have your questions answered, visit here.

Read more about the MCRT update presented today, here.