Mobile Support Team expands services to Sonoma Valley
The Sonoma County Mobile Support Team (MST), a crisis response program that supports local law enforcement responding to individuals experiencing a mental health emergency, is expanding its services beginning this month.
The expanded service areas in Sonoma Valley will include Kenwood, Glen Ellen, Boyes Hot Springs, and Sonoma.
Currently, the MST works in Windsor, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, and Petaluma and takes calls from the Sonoma County Sheriff, Santa Rosa Police Department, Santa Rosa Junior College District Police, Rohnert Park Police Department, Cotati Police Department, and Petaluma Police Department.
MST is expanding into West County as well.
The MST aims to provide support to requesting law enforcement officers responding to a behavioral health emergency by linking individuals in crisis to needed resources, decreasing negative outcomes, increasing the safety of law enforcement and individuals in crisis, and connecting individuals to services that best meet their needs following the incident.
According to county officials, the MST expansion represents real progress in the county’s efforts to increase public safety and provide more positive outcomes for families and community members when confronted with behavioral health emergencies.
The MST is a model for crisis intervention that allows those experiencing behavioral health emergencies to get the services they need, which reduces strain on law enforcement when responding to such calls and prevents individuals in crisis from impacting the jail system.
To learn more about the DHS Behavioral Health Division’s Mobile Support Team, go to sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Behavioral-Health/Community-Response-and-Engagement/Mobile-Support-Team/.