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MOBILE CRISIS ASSESSMENT TEAM 

The Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT) provides on-site, in-person intervention for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. MCAT is a 24/7 program for children and adults that dispatches mental health professionals to homes, schools, ER’s or other public places where a mental health crisis is occurring. Response time is within 60 minutes of MCAT’s dispatch.

GOAL

The goals of MCAT are to stabilize the crisis, assess the need for referrals to other community services, and reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and arrests. If necessary, MCAT can help determine the need for a higher level of care as appropriate. This could include a one-five days stay at a crisis stabilization home which is available for individuals who do not meet hospital admission criteria but need a safe place to go for a few days. Staff at the crisis stabilization homes can assist individuals with transportation to medical appointments during their stay and
provide linkages needed to community resources.

SERVICES

We are offering services include:

  • Developing safety plans, making referrals, and scheduling follow-up services with individuals to avoid hospitalization.

  • Assessing individuals to determine the need for a higher level of care.

  • De-escalating crisis situations.

  • Arranging transportation to the higher level of care as needed.

CRITERIA

You must meet these requirements.
  • Must be from Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cherokee, Crawford, Ida, Sac, or Woodbury County.

 

  • Must have a mental health crisis need such as increased depression, anxiety, insomnia, medication management, suicidal ideation, psychosis, or significant change in life.

  • Must be willing to meet with MCAT voluntarily.

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