The Community Response Teams are unique co-responder partnerships supported by the Board of Douglas County Commissioners, Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS, and Mental Health Providers.
School CRT – On Tuesday, May 28, 2019 the Board of County Commissioners appropriated $331,250 of unassigned General Fund balance to assist in the ongoing funding effort for mental health services for children, specifically a CRT for youth. The Youth CRT will respond in the schools and in the community to ensure that young people and their families are getting connected to needed mental health and substance use disorder resources and that there is communication that links school, home and community when needed. For more information visit Public Safety.
Douglas County’s Mental Health Initiative Community Response Team (CRT) streamlines access to care for individuals who are caught in the proverbial “revolving door.” A mental health clinician and specially trained law enforcement officer patrol 40 hours per week, on a shift determined by highest volume of mental health-related calls. After the team triages the patient, the clinician can make an immediate referral to any level of treatment or place the individual directly into inpatient treatment. The team uses a special medical clearance that treatment providers accept in lieu of an emergency room visit.
CRT also makes follow-up visits and conducts preventative visits to individuals who have been identified as high users of emergency systems. Its case management team can coordinate ongoing care.