Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) are developmentally appropriate crisis response services for:
- Children, youth and young adults (through age 20) and
- The families or caregivers of children, youth and young adults.
When someone calls
988 or their
Community Mental Health Program (CMHP) local crisis line, a crisis counselor will link them to MRSS if they need it.
MRSS is available in each Oregon county. These services:
- Provide an in-person, face-to-face crisis response to the youth or family.
- Connect youth and their families to rapid behavioral health supports at home and in their communities.
- Help de-escalate situations.
- Prevent unnecessary trips to emergency departments and interactions with law enforcement.
MRSS is an evidence-based
best practice to meet the unique needs of children, youth, young adults and their families.
- Youth and their caregivers are encouraged to call or text 988 for support before a crisis occurs.
- If youth and families need more support, they can get stabilization services for up to 56 days after the initial crisis.
- Keep youth in their current living situations.
- Reduce out-of-home placements.
- Provide a community-based, trauma-informed intervention for youth and their families.
- Provide immediate support to keep youth safe at home, school and in the community.
- Connect youth and families to ongoing services and supports
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Initial Crisis Response
When dispatched, two-person teams can provide an in-person response that includes:
- A qualified behavioral health care professional and
- A qualified mental health associate or Peer Support Specialist trained in crisis response.
These teams will provide age- and developmentally appropriate:
- Screening and assessment;
- Stabilization and de-escalation of the situation; and
- Coordination with and referrals to needed health, social and other services or supports.
Support during the immediate face-to-face response can last up to 72 hours. This helps youth and their families:
- Get support at home or in their community and
- Avoid unnecessary visits to the emergency room.
The in-person team works with the youth and their family to understand the support they need. If the team finds that the youth and family need more support, they can provide stabilization services and supports. These services and supports are:
- Short-term help while the family waits for long-term, ongoing services to be available in their community.
- Available for up to 56 days (eight weeks) after the initial crisis or until the family are connected to longer-term supports.
Services may include, as needed:
- Individual and/or family mental health therapy,
- Crisis and safety planning,
- Skills training,
- Family and youth peer-delivered services,
- Medication management,
- Crisis response and de-escalation,
- Care coordination, and
- Discharge planning.
Stay tuned for more frequently asked questions about MRSS.