Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Huntington Beach launches Be Well OC mobile mental health clinic

Huntington Beach launched its new mobile crisis response team on September 16, a first for the city, that will help people struggling with difficult mental illnesses receive mental health support and less rely on law enforcement to intervene. Will do

Known as Be Well Orange County, the mobile crisis unit consists of a large van and two crisis counselors who will provide community assessment and stabilization to residents with mental health and substance abuse challenges.

“In Huntington Beach, our dispatch center receives approximately 15,000 calls annually to mental health services. It has become clear that our city needs to be part of the solution,” Huntington Beach Mayor Kim Carr said in a statement. said.

“Huntington Beach has taken the bold step to become the first city in Orange County to provide mobile response units that will provide immediate mental health services throughout the community. Nothing is more important than supporting the health and wellbeing of our residents, And we are committed to walking with them through this new program.”

The program seeks to serve as an addition to existing mental health services to city residents, rather than mimicking current mental health services.

The mobile crisis response team will help reduce reliance on the police department to allow police to focus more on proactive crime prevention, proactive law enforcement, and other quality of life issues. Additionally, free time with law enforcement will allow officers to be more readily available for immediate in-progress calls.

As a whole, the program will help with non-emergency and non-medical situations, including medical health challenges, suicidal ideation, drug and alcohol use and addiction, nonviolent domestic issues and disputes, welfare checks, death notifications, public assistance ( including lack of basic necessities). failure to conduct basic self-hygiene, failure to thrive), as well as homelessness in collaboration with the Huntington Beach Homeless Task Force.

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In addition to mental health support, the Be Well OC program will also provide residents with referrals, transportation to services, and additional follow-up support and case management.

The program will be available 12 hours per day, seven days a week, with the city planning to expand the service to 24-hour coverage by winter time.

When someone calls 911 or the non-emergency police line, the dispatcher will direct the call and deploy the Be Well OC team if available. If the police or fire department is at the scene of an incident, they may also be able to request special help from the mental health team.

“One in five adults experiences a mental health challenge every year. For many people, it is difficult to find the right help in the right place at the right time,” Marshall Moncrieff, CEO of Be Well OC, said in a statement.

“This program is designed to bring the right support, when it is needed, directly to the person in need. It will improve outcomes for the community and support law enforcement and [emergency medical services] So that they can focus on the calls where they are needed the most. Better experience for all while reducing costs.”

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Drew Van Voorhees is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. He has been a journalist for four years, during which time he has broken many viral national news stories and has been interviewed for his work on both radio and internet shows.

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