Helena's Mobile Crisis Response Team working to 'decriminalize' mental health response

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St. Peter’s Health Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) has been making strides in the Helena community, responding to about 650 mental health emergency calls since it was created in November 2020.

“There’s multiple reasons we’re important. One of the things we’ve done is we’ve helped educate our law enforcement on mental health and how to interact with mental health,” said Jadin VanSteenvort, behavioral health specialist and member of the MCRT. “Our law enforcement has always been really good about that, but they’ve gotten way better in these last two years since we started this program. We all made sure after wherever we go and whatever we do, we talk with the officers about what’s going on and what we’re looking at. We’re not ever expecting (law enforcement) to do our job, but the more they know about what they’re looking for, the more they know when to call us in.”

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