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Chair Nathan Fletcher Keeps His Campaign Promise To Make Behavioral Health A Priority

03/08/21

Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher, County District Attorney Summer Stephan, County behavioral health officials and representatives from Exodus Recovery, Inc. held a socially distanced event outside the County Administration Center to share information about the Mobile Crisis Response Team program (MCRT) that was launched in January.

During the 2019-2020 fiscal year, local law enforcement agencies received more than 54,000 calls involving a psychiatric crisis.

Now, the County’s pilot program is giving an alternative to San Diegans in North County coastal communities who need assistance with behavioral health crises that do not require law enforcement intervention.

Using the County’s Access and Crisis Line (888-724-7240) as the initial point of contact, a non-law enforcement MCRT is deployed to assess these types of situations and offer help.

“Communities are demanding change,” Fletcher said, “because they understand law enforcement is not the appropriate response to deal with someone who is experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. This new team is an alternative to dispatching law enforcement when a person is having a psychiatric crisis.”

The North County MCRT pilot is responding to calls in the communities of Del Mar, Carlsbad, Vista, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Oceanside and Camp Pendleton. Teams provide non-law enforcement crisis intervention, triage and assessment services in the field to connect people to additional care, when needed, to prevent acute psychiatric crises from escalating. READ MORE.