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Coming Soon: HHSA and Law Enforcement Partner to Enhance Mental Health Mobile Crisis Response

Published March 28, 2021
In a presentation to the Board of Supervisors this week, Paige Greene, HHSA Adult Services Branch Director, and Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini spoke about a new partnership between HHSA, the Redding Police Department and the Shasta County Sheriff's Office. Together, they have formed the Law Enforcement-Mental Health Collaboration and are working to enhance local mobile crisis response with the addition of a law enforcement Crisis Intervention Response Team.
The Crisis Intervention Response Team (CIRT) consists of two plain-clothed law enforcement officers and a county mental health clinician. They will respond to people experiencing extreme mental health crisis where substance use and/or safety is an issue. The CIRT will supplement the work of Hill Country's Mobile Crisis Outreach Team.
The goal of the partnership is to ensure the safety of all, to respond effectively and to improve access to services and supports for people experiencing a mental health crisis. The CIRT is also matching the needs of our community by expanding its reach to the Redding Basin communities (Shasta Lake to Anderson, Round Mountain to Happy Valley). This will decrease the number of calls to law enforcement where mental health intervention is needed, as well as reduce fatal encounters with people who are in extreme distress and have the means to harm themselves or others.
The CIRT is expected to launch within the coming months.
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