Frederick County plans to expand a program that brings social workers and mental health professionals to respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis or drug misuse, County Executive Jan Gardner said Thursday.

Between July 2021 and June 2022, the Mobile Crisis Services team provided more than 400 assessments and interventions and assisted more than 1,000 people, including through follow-ups with people who experienced crisis and with their friends and family.

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mrnatural1

This sounds like a worthwhile program. However, this is concerning:

"Mobile crisis saves law enforcement resources, too, Rose said. It allows police officers to respond to other calls for service."

That, and other statements in the article, imply that Mobile Crisis Services often responds alone, without police backup. If so, that can be incredibly dangerous, even reckless, in some cases.

No doubt there are many people who can be 'talked down' by a mental health professional. Unfortunately, there are others who are extremely violent, even homicidal. In which case, LEOs had better be there as well.

Hopefully, my interpretation of the article is incorrect.

AOC

Vehicle is staffed by a plainclothes officer, a Frederick County Division of oFire and Rescue Services (DFRS) emergency medical technician or paramedic and a health professional from mental health provider Sheppard Pratt.

mrnatural1

Excellent -- good to know AOC. [thumbup]

matthewboh

The police were never the right people for this task. Defund the police and put the money into the hands of people that can make a difference.

DHM

DHM Mental Health emergencies referred to Sheppard Pratt is an ideal solution. But such cases handles by the Sheriff's office risks exacerbation of the issue. Why can't a rescue vehicle used in medical emergencies be used for transport? These responders are trained and near every Frederick location.

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