MINNEAPOLS (WCCO) – The City of Minneapolis on Monday officially announced the launch of a pilot project of its behavioral crisis response team. The group was created by the city to have a team of people trained to deal with mental health emergencies.
The Office of Performance and Innovation says the teams will provide crisis intervention and counseling services to people in crisis and connect to support services.
The two mobile units will operate throughout Minneapolis from 7:30 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and eventually have services operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the release said.
“The bcr program will enable street outreach teams to assist customers more effectively. It will give community members more options and renew confidence in being able to support each other, and of course, it will provide support and safety to those in crisis,” he said. Erika Ohles, outreach team leader for St. Stephen said.
The release says each vehicle will have a two-person team of behavioral responders and outreach, such as water, socks, snacks and toiletries. Respondents will be sent by Minneapolis 911.
The statement said that people who have a behavioral crisis or are reporting it should still call 911 for help. The 911 coordinator will gather information and determine if the incident calls for the mobile behavioral health team.
“By using a design process that requires all solutions to problems to be co-built with the people who are also end users, we believe we are now providing a The alternative police response would be to be trusted, impacted and supported by the public, said Brian Smith, Interim Director of Strategic Management and Director of the Office of Performance and Innovation.
To learn more about the pilot project, visit city website.
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