Indy mayor joins responders to launch integrated health care program

Mayor Joe Hogsett is teaming up with police, EMS and Eskenazi Health to launch the city’s first Mobile Crisis Assistance Team

By EMS1 Staff

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett teamed up with EMS providers, police and Eskenazi Health to bring an integrated health care program to the city.

FOX59 reported that the Mobile Crisis Assistant Team, or MCAT, is a 24/7 response to crises such as behavioral health, substance abuse, medical and legal with the use of police, paramedic and licensed clinician knowledge.

“In response to an unprecedented epidemic we had no choice but to be nimble, to be creative, to be innovative in our approach," Hogsett said.

The program was created to improve treatment and divert individuals from arrest by giving them access to social services.

"It allows the time and the expertise to take those people who are at their most vulnerable and give them hope, give them direction and give them counsel … rather than maybe solving something for the day, hopefully we’re solving something for the rest of their life,” IMPD Chief Bryan Roach said.

Mayor Hogsett joins IMPD, EMS, and Eskenazi Health to launch p...

Indy Mayor Hogsett, IMPD, EMS, and Eskenazi Health are launching a new integrated health care model, the Mobile Crisis Assistance Team (MCAT). It’s designed to help with frequent mental and emotional 911 calls, and the ultimate goal is connecting residents with treatment.

Posted by Fox 59 WXIN Indianapolis on Monday, July 31, 2017


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