Behavioral Health Emergency? Mobile Crisis Response Teams (MCRT) provide Help Now


From County News Service: If you need help with a mental health, drug, or alcohol crisis, or know someone who does, call the Access & Crisis Line at 888.724.7240. This is a free service offered by Health and Human Services. Mobile Crisis Response Teams (MCRT) provide in-person support to anyone, anywhere in San Diego, who is experiencing a behavioral health emergency.

An Access and Crisis Line clinician will assess the situation for risk and safety through a series of questions and may refer to MCRT or another resource as appropriate. MCRT dispatches behavioral health experts to emergency calls instead of law enforcement, when appropriate, with teams made up of clinicians, case managers, and peer support specialists.  These clinical teams provide assessments, de-escalation, and connect the individual to appropriate services. Transportation to local services is also available, if needed. For more information, visit


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