San Jose: Clinicians team with specialized officers to boost mental-health crisis response

SAN JOSE — Starting this week, clinicians who handle escalating mental-health crises in Santa Clara County will have swift access to a specially trained team of San Jose police officers when they go on calls in the Bay Area’s largest city.

It marks a notable boost for the county’s Mobile Crisis Response Team, which for the past two years has deployed behavioral-health experts to help safely resolve psychiatric emergencies. Until now, county clinicians staffed a 24-hour hotline and depending on the severity of a matter, referred callers to services or sent colleagues into the field.

For field calls with potential safety risks, clinicians contacted a city’s police dispatchers so they could be met by whichever crisis-trained officer was on duty. But a new grant-funded pilot program in San Jose looks to speed that up by giving them direct access to two on-call officers and a sergeant who get trained beyond the state-required 40-hour crisis-intervention instruction.

SAN JOSE – OCTOBER 15: San Jose Police officer Dionna Grant, a members of the Mobile Crisis Response Team, grabs their finger before a press conference outside of the Don Lowe Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

SAN JOSE – OCTOBER 15: Mikelle Le, the Division Director of Consumer and Family Affairs for Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services, speaks during a press conference held to discuss the Mobile Crisis Response Team outside of the Don Lowe Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Le is an architect of the new Mobile Crisis Response Team. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

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SAN JOSE – OCTOBER 15: Officer Emerald Perkins, left, officer Dionna Grant, center, and Sgt. Jason Barton, right, members of the Mobile Crisis Response Team stand next to each other before a press conference outside of the Don Lowe Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

SAN JOSE – OCTOBER 15: Officer Dionna Grant, center, a members of the Mobile Crisis Response Team, adjusts her watch before a press conference outside of the Don Lowe Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

SAN JOSE – OCTOBER 15: San Jose Police Sgt. Jason Barton, center, a member of the Mobile Crisis Response Team, receives a fist bump from Sgt. Martin Wallace before a press conference outside of the Don Lowe Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

SAN JOSE – OCTOBER 15: San Jose Police officer Emerald Perkins, a member of the Mobile Crisis Response Team, wears a shirt with the teams’ name on it during a press conference outside of the Don Lowe Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

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