Crisis Services

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NEW! ACTION line

(Adult Crisis Telephone Intervention and Options Network)

For adults in distress who are 18 years of age or older

Available 24/7, 365 days a year

Call

1-800-HOPE-135 (1-800.467.3135)

or

2-1-1

Crisis Services for Youth

For children under age 18, call 2-1-1.

Access Line

For 24/7 access to substance use treatment, including detox and transportation, call the Access Line at 1-800-563-4086.

 

DMHAS Office of the Commissioner Contacts

Nydia Rios-Benitez, LPC, EBP Division Director,
860-418-6816, Nydia.Rios-Benitez@ct.gov

Erika Cruz, LCSW, EBP Behavioral Health Clinical Manager,
860-418-6886, Erika.Cruz@ct.gov

Dana Begin, OTR/L, MPA, EBP Behavioral Health Program Manager, 
860-418-6863, Dana.Begin@ct.gov

 

ADULT MOBILE CRISIS SERVICES

Definition of a Crisis

A mental health and/or substance use/addiction crisis is defined by the individual. “…Self-definition of a crisis is a fundamental part of a recovery-oriented, trauma–informed approach” (Development Services Group to SAMHSA-State-Level Approaches to Building Crisis Response Systems, July 2015)

Mission Statement

To provide persons in distress (crisis) immediate access to a continuum of crisis response services and/or supports of their choice including, mobile clinical services and community supports; to promote the prevention of crises among persons and families; and to provide postvention activities that support persons in developing a meaningful sense of belonging in their communities.

Population

The DMHAS Mobile Crisis Service serves all adults in the State of Connecticut who are 18 years of age or older.

Mobile Crisis Teams

Mobile Crisis Team staff provide immediate assistance to people in distress by identifying options and resources that meet the unique needs expressed by the individual. The Mobile Crisis Teams are mostly located across the DMHAS Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA) Network and DMHAS funds and operates MCT services throughout the state. MCT services are mobile, readily accessible, short term services for individuals and families experiencing acute mental health and/or substance use/addiction crises offered in a rapid response framework. MCT aim to promote the prevention of crises among persons and families and postvention activities that support persons in developing a meaningful sense of belonging in their communities. Mobile Crisis Teams are comprised of a multidisciplinary team which may include licensed master’s level social workers, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, peer support specialists, nurses, mental health workers and psychologists.

Finding Services in your City/Town

https://portal.ct.gov/DMHAS/Programs-and-Services/Finding-Services/Finding-Services

Program Services

  • Outreach & Education
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Telephone support
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Critical Incident Debriefing
  • Information & Referrals
  • Follow-up services
  • Safety Planning
  • Consultation Services
  • Prevention and Postvention

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

CIT is a best practice designed to provide law enforcement with training on resources to connect persons in a mental health/substance use crisis to community supports and services. It is also a partnership between local police and the community mental health/substance use services network to jointly respond to crises in the community. The goal of CIT is to reduce the need for arrest in favor of referrals to appropriate treatment resources and supports, and, to promote safety for persons in crisis, the community and the police. Every mobile crisis team has CIT trained clinicians who work collaboratively with law enforcement, providing mental health evaluation and recommendations when responding to crisis calls. The CT Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (CABLE) is the organization responsible for providing basic and advanced CIT training in the State of Connecticut to law enforcement officers and mental health professionals. CIT training emphasizes person-centered, recovery-oriented approaches and interventions and prepares participants to recognize and respond to various mental health and addiction crisis, including trauma; develop effective communication and connection skills; and, identify strategies for police officers to partner with mobile crisis team clinicians who can follow up on calls to ensure that an individual in distress is offered the supports and services of their choice.

Mobile Crisis Response Learning Collaborative

The Mobile Crisis Response Learning Collaborative was established in March 2020 and began with a full day kick-off event hosted at the Connecticut Women’s Consortium in Hamden, CT. Over 100 mobile crisis team directors, managers and staff were in attendance. The state-operated and private non-profit mobile crisis team providers continue to meet on the first Wednesday of each month. The MCRLC Planning Committee meets periodically to discuss topics of interest, identify presenters and develop meeting agendas. Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trained officers and clinicians join the MCRLC quarterly to focus on conversations specific to law enforcement and crisis services.

NEW! ACTION line (Adult Crisis Telephone Interventions and Options Network)

The United Way of Connecticut (UWC), in partnership with the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), has established the Adult Telephone Intervention and Options Network (ACTION) line for adults 18 years of age or older who are in the community and in the midst of a psychiatric or emotional crisis for which an immediate response may be required.

The ACTION line is a centralized phone number answered by 2-1-1 staff trained to offer an array of supports and options to individuals in distress, including: telephonic support, referrals and information about community resources and services; warm-transfer to the Mobile Crisis Team (MCT) of their area; and when necessary, direct connection to 911.

The ACTION line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year (24/7/365) with the availability of multilingual staff or interpreters as needed. The centralized line is available to provide after-hours coverage for mobile crisis providers throughout the state

The services and supports offered through the ACTION line are available to all residents of Connecticut at no financial cost to the caller.

The ACTION line team is comprised of dedicated contact specialists, licensed clinicians and a peer support specialist with lived experience with mental health and substance use/addiction.

The DMHAS mobile crisis teams and ACTION Line staff work in collaboration with family members, peer-run organizations, faith-based communities, law enforcement, and other civic and community organizations to ensure that persons in distress and their families/friends/supporters have the support and resources they need within their local community.

United Way of CT meets and exceeds the highest national standards for a call center. It is a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) provider that maintains national accreditations from the Alliance for Information and Referral Services (AIRS) and the American Association of Suicidology (AAS).

ACTION Line Resources

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