Many States utilize mobile crisis teams (MCTs), but the inclusion of peer support on teams is a relatively new addition. A MCT is committed to decreasing unnecessary incarceration as a result of a mental health crisis, decreasing unnecessary hospitalizations, providing safe, compassionate and effective responses to individuals experiencing a MH crisis, increasing their participation with MH providers by problem solving barriers, increasing knowledge of local resources, and increasing public safety. It is frequently difficult to engage individuals living with serious psychiatric conditions in treatment and perhaps even more so during a brief encounter with a MCT. Peer support specialists have proven to be highly effective in providing a sense of safety, respect, and personal agency for people experiencing a crisis in the community. This presentation reviews MCT peer support engagement techniques and their outcomes, which can result in lowered rates of hospitalization and/or incarceration.
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- Describe engagement techniques utilized by peer specialist on mobile crisis teams.
- Assess the value of the inclusion of peer specialists on mobile crisis teams.
- Define the most productive role for peer specialists on mobile crisis teams.
Counselor, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Peer Specialist, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Psychiatrist, Social Worker
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Program Start Date: September 20, 2019
Program End Date: September 20, 2020
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- Patrick Hendry, Mental Health America. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, University of Texas at Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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