Crookston’s Mobile Mental Health Response Team Honored

Crookston’s Mobile Mental Health Crisis Response Team (MCRT) was recognized in February for responding to over 1,800 calls in 2018. They also did 575 in-person assessments. The efforts covered crisis line calls in eight counties as well as in-person intervention and assessments in Polk, Red Lake, Mahnomen and Norman counties.

The Reaching Out to Serve Award, which has been given out by RiverView Health for more than 30 years, is for “serving the region while demonstrating innovativeness voluntary of self-initiated efforts.”

“Their team responds at all hours of the day and night to meet and speak with our patients to help assess what their needs are and make recommendations for continued care,” said Kristin Pearcy, director of RiverView’s Emergency Department in an interview for the Crookston Times. “They handle themselves with the utmost professionalism and compassion. Their jobs are certainly not easy, and their working days are long, but their dedication to their patients and their families shines through as they assist those in need.”

The MCRT has also been a major contributor to RiverView’s implementation of Zero Suicide, a system-wide organization commitment to safer suicide care. The Crookston Times also reported that MCRT members have provided education, training and support for employees and been part of a collaborative effort to provide similar training to the local public to help “empower everyone to help someone in need.”