State Crisis Intervention Center Creation Would Boost Local Efforts

MACo Legislative Director Natasha Mehu submitted testimony to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee to support SB 305 – Public Safety – Crisis Intervention Team Center of Excellence.

This bill establishes a framework to help advance crisis intervention teams in Maryland by creating a Crisis Intervention Team Center of Excellence (CITCE) in the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP). The Center would serve the dual purposes of providing technical support to local governments, law enforcement, public safety agencies, behavioral health agencies, and crisis service providers, as well as developing and implementing model crisis intervention programs.

The bill also establishes a Collaborative Planning and Implementation Committee, filled by a variety of state and local stakeholders, that would be in charge of reviewing and evaluating the services and training provided by the Center.

From the MACo Testimony:

Crisis intervention teams offer a community-based approach to improve the outcomes of interactions between first responders and those suffering from a behavioral health crisis. The Center and Committee establish a structure to help local governments and their agents establish effective, evidence-based crisis intervention programs. For these reasons MACo urges a FAVORABLE report on SB 305.

Follow MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2020 legislative session on MACo’s Legislative Tracking Database.

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