Community Response Team (CRT)

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.


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The Community Response Teams and Youth Community Response Teams are unique co-responder partnerships supported by the Board of Douglas County Commissioners, Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS, and Mental Health Providers.

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 the 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.

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The Douglas County Mental Health Initiative Community Response Team program is the recipient of an ICMA 2018 Local Government Program Excellence Award in Community Health and Safety.