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Mobile, telephone crisis response put to use in McLeod, area counties

McLeod County received grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to develop and implement telephone and mobile crisis response services, which has materialized into the McLeod County Mental Health and Crisis Mobile and Telephone Response.
Melanie Warm-Taylor, Carver County mental health crisis program supervisor, presented information about the program at the county board meeting on Nov. 20.

Immediate access
The phone line, 320-864-2713, is an immediate and direct access to a crisis worker, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, regardless of ability to pay or location within the county. It provides response services for adults, children, families or community providers like local police departments or hospitals. Contact with police departments and hospitals can provide information that could potentially change the response in particular scenarios, and gives continuity of care to the client.
The crisis response team’s mission statement is three-pronged: “Provide immediate and intense community-based service as an alternative/prevention to a higher level of care; Stabilize the immediate crisis and help to restore a pre-crisis level of functioning; and Promote resiliency, hope, and access to treatment services.”

(For the complete story, see the Nov. 28 print edition of The Chronicle.)