We promote and support the co-response field and its practitioners through advocacy, collaboration, training and the development of professional standards.
The Co-Responder Outreach Alliance (CROA) is a statewide organization of field experts consisting of first responders, behavioral health professionals, and project managers working in co-response programs.
The Co-Responders Outreach Alliance (CROA) is an organization consisting of first responders, behavioral health professionals, and project managers working in the co-response field. The organization was created in 2018 and represents police and fire agencies from across Washington State. CROA has a three part mission: (1) to enhance the understanding of co-response programs and co-response best practices in Washington State (2) to promote the use of co-response to assist individuals with behavioral health issues (3) to advocate for laws and policies that support co-response where appropriate—and other programs and approaches when not. CROA is nonpartisan and non ideological. Members support practical, real world approaches and opportunities to collaborate.
Co-Response is recognized as an evidence based best practice when responding to people in crisis and coordinating care; all co-responders have access to support and resources they need to do their jobs effectively.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is co-response?
Behavioral Health Co-response programs: Programs based in first responder agencies and departments of public safety, where first responders like law enforcement, fire, EMTs, work together with behavioral health professionals to respond to behavioral health-related calls or referrals for service. This can involve direct 911 response, outreach to target populations, or follow-up depending on the agency’s needs and policies. The combined expertise of the first responder and the behavioral health professional is used to de-escalate situations, intervene as appropriate, and to connect people with behavioral health issues to community resources and services.
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What does CROA do?
CROA is a group of co-responder agencies who meet quarterly to discuss how their programs are functioning, challenges they are facing, legislation changes that effect co-responders, and generally share support for the work being done.
How can I get involved?
Feel free to use email CROAWA@gmail.com to get a hold of us in case you would like to get more information. We have quarterly meetings that you may be able to join as well.
What agencies have co-responders?
Please see our CROA Agencies page for further information. There may also be more agencies in Washington state with co-responders, but contacting the department directly is the best way to find out.