Community Response Team: Annual Report 2019

Tulsa is losing precious lives to high suicide rates and untreated mental illness. Consequently, highly treatable mental health issues can spiral into crisis, overwhelming first responders. Excessive demands to respond to mental health crisis calls divert officers from other crime-related calls. The Community Response Team was formed in 2018 in response to these needs. This…

COVID-19 procedures ensure safety of Community Response Team

After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, the Community Response Team (CRT) has resumed services in Tulsa. CRT is an integral part of the City of Tulsa’s Community Policing program. This 3-person co-responder model consisting of Tulsa Police Department (TPD), Tulsa Fire Department (TFD) and Family & Children’s Services Community Outreach Psychiatric Emergency Services (COPES) responds…

News on 6 Coverage on CRT

The Community Response Team, a partnership between Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa Fire Department/EMSA, Family & Children’s Services COPES team and the Mental Health Association, provides a more effective response to mental health emergency 911 In the first 6 months of the program, the CRT responded to 80 suicide calls – and not a single one…

The CRT is saving lives

How the CRT helped prevent a suicide (News on 6) Tulsa is losing precious lives to suicide and untreated mental illness. We have one of the nation’s highest rates of mental illness and rank 15th for suicide.  State funding for mental healthcare has declined resulting in under-resourced early intervention and treatment options. The launch of…