Melbourne Police Department to Implement Mobile Crisis Co-Responder Team for Adults
By Space Coast Daily // June 22, 2022
the primary goal is to increase public safety
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – During the Melbourne City Council’s June 14 meeting they approved a Memorandum of Understanding between multiple organizations to implement an Adult Mobile Crisis Co-Responder Program.
The organizations include Melbourne Police Department, Central Florida Cares Health System Inc., and Brevard Family Partnership/Brevard C.A.R.E.S. to implement an Adult Mobile Crisis Co-Responder Program– the first of its kind in Brevard County.
The program will be funded by a 3-year Criminal Justice, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Reinvestment Grant received from the Florida Department of Children and Families.
The primary goal of the adult MRT program is to increase public safety, allow for a more immediate response for an individual in a behavioral health crisis to access mental health services, and divert individuals in behavioral health crisis from entering the criminal justice system and emergency department admissions.
A secondary goal is to connect individuals with community resources and treatment services for adults who have a mental illness, substance use disorders, or co-occurring disorders and who are at risk of entering the criminal justice system.
Brevard C.A.R.E.S. will provide 24-hour/7 days a week co-responder services in partnership with MPD law enforcement officers.
Trained officers will contact social workers/case managers for assistance in providing intervention to stabilize an individual’s condition safely, provide diversion strategies into community-based care, increase community awareness of behavioral health needs by providing prevention and treatment-oriented education and outreach to individuals, and increase days in the community by facilitating and encouraging stable living environments.
The adult MRT program aligns with several other MPD initiatives to facilitate better mental health outcomes for both residents and law enforcement officers.
These include Crisis Intervention Team training for officers; 911 dispatchers and administrative teams; mindfulness training for MPD first responders and administrative teams; and suicide prevention and awareness training for law enforcement, both personally and professionally.
Central Florida Cares Health System serves in the critical capacity of a Managing Entity (ME) for state and federal funds for mental health and substance use services for Brevard, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties.
CFCHS’ mission is to manage an affordable high-quality behavioral health care system for persons with mental health and/or substance use disorders, with a vision to achieve a comprehensive and seamless behavioral health system promoting recovery and resiliency.
This onboarding of an adult MRT program will create a model for implementation throughout the CFCHS region as an effective strategy for diverting those with mental and/or behavioral health conditions from the criminal justice system and into more sustainable, cost-effective community-based care.
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