Mental health team goes mobile


May 24, 2023

Scott Swanson

Nova Sweet, who heads the Linn County Mental Health Crisis Response Team, shows off a new van that will be used for team outreach.

Law enforcement officers respond to a late-evening call concerning an individual who is undergoing mental health therapy and is feeling suicidal. The individual is not responding well. Family members are concerned.

An officer makes a call, and shortly thereafter a van rolls up containing two members of the Linn County Mental Health Crisis Response Team.

They take charge and, after a while the patient is back on track, avoiding a trip to the hospital.

Though the incident above is fictional, it is representative of many of the behavioral health crises Mental Health Crisis Response Team mem...

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