United Services, a community-based outpatient behavioral health center, seeks SAMSHA grant funding to expand crisis mental health services for individuals with SED, SMI and COD through the addition of Project CREST: Crisis Response, Engagement and Stabilization Team.
Project CREST: Crisis Response, Engagement and Stabilization Team would provide continued crisis intervention services with a minimum of weekly contact for up to 45 days. The CREST members will include crisis clinicians, peer recovery specialists, case managers and psychiatric APRNs. The agency will have two CREST units for its service area.
The population of focus for this program is individuals with SED, SMI and COD in our 21-town service area (northeastern Connecticut).
United Services expects to serve 300 people in Year One of the project and 300 people in Year Two. The total number of people served over the course of the project is 600. The agency expects to hire 10 full time staff and 2 part time staff for the program.
United Services will modify the EBP Mobile Crisis Intervention Services, which is currently used in Connecticut for children, for the adult population.
Project goals are:
• Increase the capacity of Mobile Crisis Response in northeastern Connecticut to help address urgent and emergent behavioral health needs of residents.
• Reduce repeat psychiatric hospitalizations for individuals with SED, SMI and COD who participate in Project CREST.
• Increase engagement in outpatient behavioral health treatment for individuals with SED, SMI and COD who participate in Project CREST.
Measurable objectives are:
• By January 2022, Mobile Crisis Response program hours increase by 75%.
• 80% of Project CREST clients have successful resolution of one or more identified psychosocial needs at the time of program discharge.
• Fewer than 25% of clients participating in Project CREST have a psychiatric hospital re-admissions in 6 months following program discharge.
• 75% of clients who were not engaged in outpatient behavioral health treatment at the time of enrollment in Project CREST will be engaged in outpatient treatment after discharging from the program.