Designated Crisis Responders
Kitsap Mental Health Services’ Crisis Response Team (CRT) consists of Designated Crisis Responders (DCRs) who are available 24/7, 365 days a year. DCRs help people suffering from a mental health and/or substance abuse disorder who may be a danger to themselves or others. This includes aiding an individual to access services at the level of support needed to get immediate help.
The Crisis Response Team’s DCRs provide emergency assessments and referrals to inpatient care, which may include, if necessary, involuntary detention in our evaluation and treatment center or other psychiatric facility or substance use treatment facility. DCRs seek to assist people in crisis with the least restrictive services needed to support them in their recovery.
Services include crisis intervention, including referrals to available services, psychiatric and substance use screenings, and when necessary, follow-up monitoring of acute clients when they return to the community. Referrals to DCRs can be made by any concerned citizen, by individuals in crisis, professional providers, and by law enforcement officers in need of assistance.
If you or someone you know is in a behavioral health crisis, professionals answering the 24/7 Volunteers of America Crisis Call Line at 1-888-910-0416 provide a listening ear and will determine the level of crisis services needed. Dependent on the level of need, this may include dispatching the KMHS Designated Crisis Response Team for emergency assessment.
Half of all mental health disorders show first signs before a person turns 14 years old, and three quarters of mental health disorders begin before age 24.