Mobile Crisis Outreach Teams (MCOTs) provide face-to-face help to people who are at risk of harm to themselves or others. An MCOT provides counseling services to people at their home, school or other location. The services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
MCOTs provide a combination of crisis services – including emergency care, urgent care, and crisis follow-up and relapse prevention to the child, youth or adult in the community.
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone might have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.
- Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who might be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
- Texas Health and Safety Code §573.021 (c)
- Texas Administrative Code, Title 26, Part 1, Chapter 301, Subchapter G (relating to Mental Health Community Services Standards)
Crisis Response and Diversion
Crisis response and diversion programs divert people in crisis from jails and emergency rooms to engage them in community mental health services. A jail diversion is any crisis contact that does not result in an arrest. People who are diverted are then connected to the appropriate level of care in the least restrictive environment. Further, this program allows the local mental or behavioral health authority to address the mental health and crisis needs of the rural community they serve and strengthen their relationship and collaboration with local law enforcement.
Statement of Work
- A04-1 Performance Measures Report – Fiscal Year 2021 Template (Excel)
- A Community Support Guide for Alternatives to Inpatient Mental Health Treatment - September 2022 (PDF)
- Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 573, Emergency Detention
- Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Part 7, Chapter 221, Mental Health Officer Proficiency Training
- Crisis Services Unit: CrisisServices@hhs.texas.gov