Community Crisis Response Program Starts Up

(Gallatin County, Mont) Gallatin County law enforcement and mental health services are coming together to provide better services to individuals with mental health emergencies. Community Crisis Response is a collaborative program between Western Montana Mental Health Center, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman Police Department, and Belgrade Police Department that provides care for people experiencing a mental health emergency when and where they need it.

When a mental-health call comes into 911, a Community Based Therapist will respond with law enforcement and assess the individual in their home or workplace, providing crisis counseling and developing a safety plan or admitting them to Hope House. After the emergency, the therapist, a Community Support Specialist, and a Transition Coordinator will work together to help individuals get the services and support they need to reduce future crises. The goals of the program are to provide better care for people with mental health emergencies, reduce the number of emergencies, and free law enforcement to attend to other public safety calls sooner.

Western Montana Mental Health Center – Gallatin is managing the program. The Community Therapist was hired in January and the Community Support Specialist in May. The Sheriff’s Office is providing office space and a vehicle for the therapist. Michael Foust, Regional Director for Western, said, “This partnership is important for our community because it galvanizes a culture of caring for our neighbors that provides everyone with the care they need, when they need it, where they need it.”

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