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Seneca County Crisis Response Team proves valuable for law enforcement, community

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Seneca County law enforcement agencies now have access to a more compassionate option for dealing with mental health crises and substance abuse scenarios: the Seneca County Crisis Response Team.


Funded by a $2.9 million federal grant, the five-member group of trained counselors provides immediate services round-the-clock to people experiencing crises due to mental illness or concurrent substance abuse. The team’s mission is to minimize inappropriate or excessive use of inpatient psychiatric care, emergency medical services, and jails.

The Crisis Response Team (CRT) is available to all residents, even those without means of payment, with walk-in services offered at a local facility.

The team has handled 691 crisis visits from October 2021 through June 2023, successfully diverting 613 cases from local emergency departments, while ensuring comprehensive follow-ups with treatment plans.