Summary of Objective Implementation Status
The Mobile Support Team (MST) model supported by the County is comprised of mental health clinicians who are supposed to accompany law enforcement in order to provide crisis intervention to individuals in psychiatric distress. The City of Santa Rosa runs a program based on this model called inRESPONSE, which is a collaboration between the Department of Health Services (DHS), Santa Rosa Police Department, and the Santa Rosa Fire Department, as well as non-profits Buckelew Programs, Humanidad, and Catholic Charities.
The City of Petaluma, Rohnert Park, and Cotati have contracted with nonprofit Petaluma People Services Center (PPSC) to operate SAFE, or Specialized Assistance for Everyone, which is a variant of the MST model.
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MST address racial disparities by providing behavioral health treatment instead of routing individuals in crisis to hospital emergency departments or jail. Since a disproportionate portion of such individuals are people of color on the lower end of the socio-economic scale, MST can treat rather than penalize the behavioral health situations of these population groups.