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Co Approves Money to Grow Mobile Crisis Assessment Team

Deschutes County Commissioners unanimously approved the use of a new state funding to grow the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team. Behavioral Health Program Manager Holly Harris told Commissioners the 363-thousand dollar grant will allow them to hire another full-time team member. "These startup funds were intended to expand mobile crisis teams across the state, so we can look for ways to respond to certain calls without police." As we reported Wednesday, the unit - known as “M-CAT” - responds to reports of people in mental health crisis. Often, they can de-escalate a situation without requiring a law enforcement presence. 

 

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