Many states utilize mobile crisis teams (MCTs), but the inclusion of peer support on teams is a relatively new addition. A MCT is committed to decreasing unnecessary incarceration as a
Many states utilize mobile crisis teams (MCTs), but the inclusion of peer support on teams is a relatively new addition. A MCT is committed to decreasing unnecessary incarceration as a result of a mental health crisis, decreasing unnecessary hospitalizations, providing safe, compassionate and effective responses to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, increasing their participation with mental health providers by problem solving barriers, increasing knowledge of local resources, and increasing public safety. It is frequently difficult to engage individuals living with serious psychiatric conditions in treatment and perhaps even more so during a brief encounter with a MCT. Peer support specialists have proven to be highly effective in providing a sense of safety, respect, and personal agency for people experiencing a crisis in the community. This webinar will review MCT peer support engagement techniques and their outcomes that can result in lowered rates of hospitalization and/or incarceration.