The Tallahassee City Commission heard an update on the Tallahassee Mobile Emergency Assessment Unit (TEAM) during the city’s Jan. 12 retreat.

The TEAM pilot program was launched in March 2021 to divert non-violent mental health crises from law enforcement to a designated response team. The team consists of a licensed mental health professional, a paramedic/paramedic from the Tallahassee Fire Department, and a certified crisis intervention TPD officer.

Since its creation, the TEAM unit has responded to 772 people in mental health crisis. Currently, the TEAM unit operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, a second unit will soon be operating on weekends. The change comes after the city received a $250,000 Community Policing Development Grant from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to expand the Crisis Response Team over the next two years.

During the meeting, an agent active in the unit described the effectiveness of the program, including providing personal and mass outreach and connecting people to social services.

He said the TEAM unit has time to dig deep and help solve a small problem before it gets out of control. The officer also said his work with the TEAM unit has been the “most impactful” of his career.

“Exceptionally proud of the work done by our mental health intervention unit! Getting this program off the ground remains one of my proudest accomplishments during my tenure, and I’m ready to do what it takes to move it from a pilot to a permanent program,” said the Mayor John Dailey.

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