Mobile Crisis Support Team unit of Elk Grove Police expanded




The Elk Grove Police Department today announced the expansion of its Mobile Crisis Support Team unit. This unit responds to community members experiencing a mental health crisis.

According to the information posted on their social media accounts, Elk Grove Police has added a second team for the program, which was launched in 2017. The MCST teams include a specially trained officer and a licensed mental health professional.

The team will respond to emergency calls associated with mental health crises with the goal of "mitigating the crisis in the community." Last year Elk Grove's MCST team responded to 485 interventions. 

Police departments nationally have faced increasing pressure to handle mental health emergency calls differently than routine service calls. The pressure increased following the development of the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement and last year's murder of George Floyd.

On his Twitter feed, Elk Grove Police Chief Albright wrote, "We are doubling down on our approach and providing even more robust wraparound services to those in crisis. Our goal is to work toward sustainable modalities while educating our talented staff on how we can provide even greater service to those in crisis." 

The MCST teams also provide referral services to community services, including veterans services, housing, food, medical, and other social services. Funding for the program is from the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services through the voter-approved Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act.


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Renegade said...

I have found EGPD to be one of the most forward thinking, proactive police departments around. Chief Albright and his predecessor have always been thinking of how to better serve their constituents rather than reactive to events. His goal of "mitigating the crisis in the community," is commendable. Last year Elk Grove's MCST team responded to 485 interventions? That's 485 situations where no one was shot or killed.
His desire in "providing even more robust wraparound services to those in crisis. Our goal is to work toward sustainable modalities while educating our talented staff on how we can provide even greater service to those in
crisis," is forward thinking and receptive to the citizens, not just the police. Can SPD or SSO say the same? I don't think so, certainly not to this extent.
Thanks Chief. Let's keep those officers up to speed on their implied bias training as well. Keep up the good work.

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