- International Co-Responder Alliance
- Report on International Crisis Response Team Trainings
- RESPONDING TO INDIVIDUALS IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CRISIS VIA CO-RESPONDER MODELS: The Roles of Cities, Counties, Law Enforcement, and Providers
- SAMHSA National Guidelines for Behavioral Health Crisis Care
- Community Crisis Assistance Team Pilot Program Evaluation
In May of 2021, Bellevue Police and Fire launched a four month pilot program called the Community Crisis Assistance Team. CCAT used three approaches to people in behavioral health crisis: police and MHP co-response, MHP only response, and specialized police response.
- Information about Washington State 988 transformation and the state Crisis Response Improvement Strategy Committee
- National Association of Public Safety Social Workers
- The Crisis Response Podcast
More about Co-response
Program Goals & Services: To serve people experiencing behavioral health crisis in their communities as much as possible, providing care in the least restrictive environment through a coordinated system-wide approach, facilitating alternatives to arrest and emergency department use, relieving first responders after emergent issues are resolved, and reducing the potential for harm.
Co-response offers several essential elements and services. Some teams offer on-scene crisis response, specifically, crisis de-escalation, brief screening and assessment, brief intervention, transportation, and call disposition planning. Some teams offer follow-up services to facilitate crisis prevention, transportation, referral and linkage to community services, peer support, and care coordination with systems of care.
Approaches: Co-response programs are based in police, fire/EMS, EMS or public safety departments. Co-responders may work directly for these departments, behavioral health agencies or serve as contracted employees. Co-response teams are dispatched by 911 and/or first responders, ideally, in close collaboration with 988. They are generally three approaches: 1) a first responder and behavioral health professionals ride together in the same vehicle for an entire shift; 2) the behavioral health professional is called to the scene and the call is handled together; 3) the behavioral health professional receives a referral from a first responder and follows-up after the call. It is a flexible, collaborative approach that can meet community needs for rapid response, even in rural and frontier areas.
Co-response is also referred to in WA statute as mental health field response and is sometimes referred to as mobile integrated health. Not all co-response is behavioral health co-response but this approach is increasingly popular.