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Pines Behavioral Health Mobile Crisis Team helps community-officers

Branch County has a new level of mental health support — the Mobile Crisis Team from Pines Behavioral Health.

When a call comes into 9-1-1 Central Dispatch flagged as a mental health crisis, members a Mobile Crisis Team arrive on the scene to assist officers. They travel the county working with every law enforcement office — village, city, county and state.

Their goal is to work with the individual in crisis, providing emergency services to help them avoid going to the hospital or jail, said Mark Katz, diversion coordinator for Pines Behavioral Health.

Currently, there are three teams, one team for children and two adults. One team member is a master level clinician and the other, a paraprofessional. 

The children’s team of Candi Moyer and Penny Weaver who respond to calls for individuals up to 21 years old, launched in October.