Youth Community Response Team

If you or someone you know is experiencing an emotional, mental health or substance use emergency;

If you don’t know where to begin seeking help for yourself or others;

If you aren’t sure how to handle a crisis or a situation that may lead to a crisis;

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You will be connected to a trained crisis counselor who can help. Your talk or text conversation is confidential.  Visit the Colorado Crisis Services for more information.  If you or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.

In May of 2019, upon review of 2018 data, and following the STEM School shooting, the Douglas County Commissioners appropriated $331,250 to support ongoing funding for the creation of a Youth Community Response Team. The Youth CRT is designed to complement the efforts of schools to comprehensively address mental health and substance use disorder needs. The Youth CRT responds in the schools and the community while coordinating with the community-based response teams. The aim is to ensure young people and their families are connected to needed mental health and substance use disorder services and there is effective communication between school, home and community.

Since the launch of the YCRT in November of 2019, the team has had 288 encounters with 33% being treated in place, 34% resulting in direct placement in a mental health facility, and 30% being released to a parent or back to class. Only 3% of YCRT calls have resulted in an Emergency Department visit and since the beginning of the program the YCRT has not made a single arrest, an accomplishment shared by the three community teams in the Douglas County CRT program.