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Crisis Assistance Team

About the Program:

The Crisis Assistance Team (CAT) is Flathead County’s behavioral health mobile crisis response team, who works alongside law enforcement to serve all persons in crisis throughout the community. The program operates within the Flathead City-County Health Department in partnership with the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, Kalispell Police Department, Whitefish Police Department, and Columbia Falls Police Department. CAT started in August 2020 with the goal of decreasing the frequency and intensity of 911 behavioral health calls by working to link people in crises to mental health services. Since its inception, the team has responded to over 1000 calls for service working to support emergency department and justice system diversion. The team uses a client-centric, systems approach to provide on-site therapeutic services to community members experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The program is partially funded through MT DPHHS grant to support Behavioral Health initiatives as well as through partnership between Flathead County and the City of Kalispell using National Opioid Settlement Agreement Funds.

Page Last Updated: Jan 4, 2024