In coordination with Partnership Health Center (PHC), the Missoula Fire Department and PHC have developed a program aimed at diverting people with low-risk behavioral health issues from jail and hospital emergency departments. The Missoula Collaborating for Access to Resources and Emotion Support (CARES) program was implemented in the Fall, 2020.
CARES brings a new team of responders to the scene where they can benefit both the subject and the first responders on scene. The Mobile Support Team (MST) is made of an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in a support vehicle that runs to any calls where mental health of a patient is in question. The units will be supported by one PHC case facilitator who will support each unit, following up with individuals to connect them with services in our community.
The grant-funded program is currently on a 10-month trial period within the City of Missoula. It is our goal to collect adequate data and supportive information on the program to promote it's ongoing implementation indefinitely.