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Evaluation of Connecticut’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Services

Impact on Behavioral Health Emergency Department Use and Provider Perspectives on Strengths and Challenges

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This report, Evaluation of Connecticut's Mobile Crisis Intervention Services: Impact on Behavioral Health Emergency Department Use and Provider Perspectives on Strengths and Challenges, summarizes results of a year long study conducted by Michael Fendrich and colleagues at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work through a grant from the Children's Fund of Connecticut, CHDI's parent organization.

Dr. Fendrich's team found that utilization of Connecticut's Mobile Crisis, formerly known as EMPS, was associated with a 25 percent reduction in subsequent emergency department visits among youth (over an 18 month period). The study is among the first of it's kind to demonstrate a reduction in emergency department utilization associated with mobile crisis services for youth. The results suggest that Mobile Crisis is a promising practice for reducing reliance on emergency departments to address acute behavioral health needs.

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