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…

Tulsa agencies aim to reduce mental-health related 911 calls, connect people to better resources  [The Frontier]

The Community Response Team (CRT) includes a mental health professional from Family & Children’s Services’ COPES unit, a police officer and a firefighter or paramedic. The group works together to rapidly diagnosis and de-escalate dispatch calls. [The Frontier] The man had mental health problems and would often stand on a street corner in midtown Tulsa. When…