A Unique Community Partnership
Supported by the Douglas County Commissioners, in response to several tragic mental health related incidents, the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative has worked to unite community partners to address unmet mental health needs, connect people to mental health services and prevent those in need from falling through the cracks of the mental health system.
Community Response Team (CRT)
A unique response team of fire/EMS, law enforcement and a clinician responding at the scene when mental health is the primary issue. Each team member fills a unique role to ensure safety, conduct medical clearances, and assess mental health needs. There are two teams, each with a case manager.
What CRT does:
- Responds to and follows up on 911 and other call sources.
- Conducts on-scene evaluations sometimes resulting in mental health placements.
- Diverts people from emergency departments and jail.
- Directly connects people to appropriate mental health services.
CRT 911 Dispositions
Douglas County • Castle Rock Police Department • Castle Rock Fire Department • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office • South Metro Fire Rescue Authority
Mental Health Navigator
The Mental Health Navigator addresses acute and complex mental health needs referred to the County Attorney. The Navigator works with clients to create an individualized care plan to move them toward stability and connect them with the care and services they need.
Annual Number of Referrals made to the County Attorney:
- 2016- 225
- January 1 – September 7, 2017 – 187
- January 1 – April 25, 2018 – 78
Anti-Stigma Campaign & Media Initiatives
In partnership with Tri-County Health and Douglas County, the “Let’s Talk” campaign is intended to reduce the stigma around mental illness so that individuals who need treatment are more likely to seek it. It is designed to help anyone and everyone start the conversation about mental health, and offers tips for talking. Broad media outreach and collaboration provided maximum coverage.
- It’s ok to have a mental illness
- It’s ok to feel the way you are feeling
- It’s ok to ask for help
- It’s ok to reach out