The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) is seeking $750,000.00 in response to the FY22 Cooperative Agreements for Innovative Community Crisis Response Partnerships from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Following the SAMHSA someone to talk to, someone to respond, and somewhere to go model, ODMHSAS proposes to utilize project funds to support this overarching crisis infrastructure goal by addressing gaps in the state current mobile crisis team capacity within two of the most populous counties within the State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma County and Tulsa County. Mobile crisis response teams are a part of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Crisis Response (OCCR), which is a behavioral health crisis continuum of care, developed by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS), serving individuals in the least restrictive means possible and prioritizing community-based diversion approaches to prevent the need for higher levels of care and to avoid unnecessary law enforcement and criminal justice involvement for people in behavioral health crisis.
The ODMHSAS proposes the following project goals which complement the significant investments already made into building the capacity of Oklahoma to comprehensively address Oklahomans in crisis. ODMHSAS released RFPs to invest in a statewide network of 988 dedicated mobile crisis teams. These teams became operational statewide on July 5, 2022- in alignment with the 988 call center launch. Each region of the state has at least one team which operates 24/7 and meets the requirements of the RFP, which was developed to align with guidance provided by the SAMHSA Best Practice Toolkit. Additionally, ODMHSAS has invested in five additional flexible teams which can respond across regions to assist in surging or unanticipated demand. These flexible teams will begin operation in the late summer of 2022. The expansion of these mobile crisis team services within Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties are the focus of this project application.
Goal 1: Increase the capacity of 988 dispatching mobile crisis teams in Oklahoma and Tulsa County.
Goal 2: Provide ongoing technical assistance, training, and evaluation of mobile crisis teams.
This project will support the investments already made including the purchase of a single, statewide 988 call center, two back up centers, expansion of technology, creation of emergency transportation, and expansion of community-based URCs and CCs.