The Adirondack Health Institute Performing Provider System (AHI PPS) awarded almost $500,000 to Behavioral Health Services North (BHSN) to establish a Mobile Crisis Team in Clinton County.

Health officials have not yet determined who will make up the team.

“The primary focus of the Mobile Crisis Team is to provide prompt, community-based triage of clients’ medical health status to minimize risk to self and others in the least restrictive, person-centered, trauma-informed environment possible, with the ultimate goal of circumventing the need for more intensive crisis services,” said Peter Trout, the Chief of Services at Behavioral Health Services North.

“In addition to face-to-face clinical assessments and triage and the implementation of crisis stabilization interventions, the team will provide consultation and education to families, county providers and the general community and utilize direct connections to outpatient care to improve engagement and follow up to ensure continuity of care with prescribed outpatient services,”  Trout continued.

This project will be supported by grant funding from New York’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program, which is working to restructure the Medicaid system.

According to the AHI, more than $3.9 million was awarded to 10 organizations in five North Country regions.

The lessons learned from this BHSM initiative will be shared with the AHI PPS so the program can replicated in other regions.