The Mobile Crisis Response Unit (MCR) has teams of specially-trained Columbus Police officers and Columbus Public Health clinicians; these teams receive on-going training for specialized mental health concerns and are trained to administer Naloxone, an opioid-overdose reversal agent. Their primary mission is to respond to complex mental health or substance use-related calls for service to provide a professional, compassionate and dedicated response to individuals in crisis, their families, and partner agencies. MCR provides assistance through de-escalation, linkage to resources, and transportation to area facilities for treatment as deemed appropriate. MCR responds to dispatched calls for service as well as internal and external referrals. Mobile Crisis Response teams ensure the dignity of all people and strive for collaboration, improving outcomes for community members, reducing demands on police resources, and improving the safety of officers, consumers and the community. Mobile Crisis Response includes six teams which operate from 10 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Responded to 3,624 calls for service
997 people were successfully transported for mental health services or
hospital mental health care.
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Contact [email protected] or call 614-645-4545.
Please contact 911 for emergencies.
Columbus Police receives an average of 23,000 mental health related calls for service annually
In 2019 through 2020, approximately 64% of mental health related calls for service involving Columbus Police received a response with a Crisis Intervention Trained (CIT) or Mobile Crisis Unit (MCR) officer(s). Over the past two years (2021-2022), approximately 74% of mental health calls for service received a response from a CIT or MCR officer(s)
In 2019 through 2020, approximately 8% of mental health related calls for service involving Columbus Police received a MCR officer response. Over the past two years (2021 and 2022), an average of 15% of mental health calls for service have involved a MCR officer response
So far in 2022, approximately 1/3 of mental health related calls for service resulted in a transport to a local hospital or a mental health-related facility