Marc Elrich Plans to Add to County’s Mobile Crisis Outreach Teams

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During this past week’s  media briefing this week, County Executive Marc Elrich highlighted that his recommended Fiscal Year 2025 operating budget expands the mobile crisis outreach teams (MCOTs.)

According to Elrich, “These are teams of licensed clinicians and peer support specialists who respond to calls for individuals in an acute mental health crisis and a mental health response is needed. Calls come directly to the Crisis Center or from public safety.

We currently have three of these teams that are available to respond 24/7, but they cannot always respond in a timely fashion. We are currently recruiting for two more teams, and if my recommended FY25 operating budget is approved by the County Council, we will fund a total of seven teams.”

Elrich added the following in his weekly message, “Over the last year, the three teams have responded to 2,100 calls for assistance. That number reflects a post-pandemic spike in mental health concerns and behavioral health distress.

The County receives more than 40,000 phone calls to the Crisis Center yearly. The MCOTs respond to 30 to 40 percent of calls on their own, but in other cases, the teams may request police or police may arrive at a scene and request the MCOTs. Referrals also come from schools, shelters and paramedics.

This program is not new, but as the public discussion about mental health expands there is more recognition of the need for these services. I am proud that we have been able to secure grant funding to support expansion. I look forward to seeing this team grow and help more people in Montgomery County.”

If you are in need of help dealing with a mental health crisis or know of someone who needs help, call the Crisis Center at 240-777-4000 any time day or night

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