City implementation partners: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York City Police Department
Co-Response Teams (CRT) are a collaboration between the NYPD and DOHMH. CRT is a pre- and post-crisis intervention. Each team includes two police officers and one behavioral health professional. These teams work 14 hours per day, 7 days per week, to serve community members presenting with mental health or substance use challenges who are at an elevated risk of harm to themselves or others. The teams offer short-term engagement to facilitate connections to care and linkages to support services.
community members have been served through this program since it began in 2016
mental health emergency 911 calls were received by the NYPD in 2017. The majority (56%) of these calls result in the individual being transported to the hospital, highlighting the need for partnership between law enforcement and public health workers. Source