Community meeting

A community meeting about Santa Rosa’s inRESPONSE Emergency Mental Health Support Program will be held on Monday

The first community meeting on Santa Rosa’s new mental health crisis response program is scheduled for Monday afternoon, when members of the public will hear from officials about the team’s progress since its launch in January.

People are also encouraged to share their thoughts on what the program, called inRESPONSE, can do better, according to Acting Santa Rosa Police Chief John Cregan.

People can attend the 4 p.m. virtual meeting via Zoom.

In its first four months, the mobile support team, made up of a licensed clinical social worker, a fire paramedic and a homeless outreach coordinator, responded to 420 emergency calls. behavioral health, substance use, suicide, medical issues, homelessness and petty crime. , according to preliminary data.

“We’re seeing call volume increase every week,” Cregan said Friday. “We are delighted with this; it means that the community uses this resource.

Additionally, inRESPONSE system navigators, a unique element of the Santa Rosa program that provides comprehensive social services and supports to people who are not in acute crisis, made 601 contacts during the same period with 121 unique people.

During Monday’s meeting, officials will provide an overview of statistics and break them down by demographics and call types, as well as information on inRESPONSE’s successes and challenges in its first four months on the street. .

Joining Cregan on the panel will be Katie Swan, program manager with Buckelew Programs; Capt. Chris Matthies of the Santa Rosa Fire Department; Wendy Tappon, Sonoma County Health Program Manager; and Jennielynn Holmes, director of programs for Catholic Charities – all of whom work with inRESPONSE.

The community will also hear about upcoming updates and developments, including the hiring of additional staff, the addition of two additional vans to the fleet, which Cregan hopes will increase RESPONSE hours of operation by early July, and plans to integrate into schools by the time they return. since summer vacation.

Although the event is officially slated to end at 5:30 p.m., Cregan said he may extend beyond that to hear all public feedback and “take as much time as possible to hear feedback from our community on how where we can improve and how we can spread the word.”

You can reach editor Emily Wilder at 707-521-5337 or [email protected] On Twitter @vv1lder.