Montezuma County launched its Community Intervention Program to better respond to noncriminal 911 calls. But in order to get the innovative program running, they needed radios to communicate with dispatch—that's where LOR came in. Read more
Crisis Response Pilot Program Addresses Health Disparities in Cortez
- Local Champion: Montezuma County
- Date Funded: December 29, 2021
- Grant Amount: $17,157
In 2019, Montezuma County residents, governments, health care providers, and law enforcement worked together to identify potential solutions to help increase access to behavioral healthcare and address health disparities. What came out of that collaboration was the Montezuma County Community Intervention Program, a nonpolice mobile crisis prevention and response initiative that is integrated into the county’s public safety system. Response teams are comprised of a behavioral health clinician and an EMT, who offer free response for a broad range of non-criminal crises, and also provide transportation, referrals to services, and follow-up. The county and various municipal governments allocated American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to support one year of the pilot project. LOR’s funding supported the purchase of four high-quality radios that work throughout the rural areas of the county to ensure the teams can maintain direct communication.
Between May and August 2022 the CIP team responded to more than 120 calls.
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Montezuma County Approves Community Intervention Program (Cortez Journal)