Tallahassee Emergency Assessment Mobile Unit (TEAM) Created to Respond to Nonviolent Mental Health Calls

Tallahassee Emergency Assessment Mobile Unit (TEAM) Created to Respond to Nonviolent Mental Health Calls

At their Nov. 10 meeting, the City Commissioners unanimously voted to establish an enhanced crisis intervention response unit.

The unit, called the Tallahassee Emergency Assessment Mobile Unit (TEAM), will respond to calls for non-violent mental or behavioral issues as well as Baker Act calls.

“Sometimes a response by the police department is not always what’s needed,” said Mayor John Dailey in a Twitter video following the vote. “What is needed is a higher level of service.”

Mayor Dailey also stated that “several months ago I called for mental health response teams in our community. I am proud that today we approved the creation of an enhanced crisis intervention response unit that can respond to calls and provide immediate medical or psychological stabilization when necessary.”

The unit will be made up of three people: a licensed mental health professional, a specially trained plainclothes Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) officer and a Tallahassee Fire Department (TFD) paramedic or emergency medical technician, staff reports. Apalachee Center will enter into an agreement with the City to provide two licensed mental health professionals for the TEAM.

Staff reports that the professionals on the team will be equipped to provide immediate medical or psychological stabilization plus assessment and referral for additional services when necessary.

The TEAM aligns with the City’s strategic priority to enhance public safety. It also aims to break down stigmas surrounding mental health and improve the relationship between law enforcement and the community.

“When we get those 911 calls and it’s more appropriate for a mental health professional to be on scene, we’re going to send the team,” Dailey said.

The City Commission has already approved $500,000 in funding for the program as part of its Fiscal Year 2021 budget.

The pilot program is expected to start by Spring 2021.

14 Responses to "Tallahassee Emergency Assessment Mobile Unit (TEAM) Created to Respond to Nonviolent Mental Health Calls"

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    pat   November 20, 2020 at 7:17 am

    What once only took one cop now takes three….next, watch them raise taxes to cover expenses.

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    doucheblasio   November 13, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Tallahassee is run by MORONS!

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      MIB   November 17, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      This is their version of ObummerDoesn’tCare. Three squads of psychiatrists & a couple dozen orderlies… kept in & around city hall & the homes of the city kommissars to control their frequent breaks from reality.

      OK, the OPs here have convinced me that one team should be dedicated to keeping an eye ? on the mayor for the security of the citizenry & the state.

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    JON   November 12, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    No reason not to try this but money
    Glad their funding law and order and not more downtown development.

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    Harold A Maio   November 12, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    —-It also aims to break down stigmas surrounding mental health

    If we do not stop training people to say there is a stigma, training profesionals and the public, If we do not stop accommodating people taught and teaching that prejudice, as Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and it is us.”

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      Mama Bear   November 16, 2020 at 8:18 am

      Harold,
      Wow – you struck a nerve with me!
      As a professional who takes care of people and teaches – we are NOT perpetuating mental health issues as a stigma! We teach and know that mental health issues are a disease that is treatable! The stigma resides in you. Go take a class and learn what we teach in 2020.
      By the way, how many people have you had to Baker Act?

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    Frank   November 12, 2020 at 9:12 am

    A ‘non violent’ call can become violent before the phone is even hung up.

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    Ross Perot   November 11, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Question…. How many Mental Health Calls has TPD responded to annually in the past 10 years? I’m sure it’s thousands but it would be great to get an exact number. I bet the Major has no idea. And how many of those people has TPD shot? From memory I can think of two. And both of them were pointing a gun at the officer at the time they were shot. It seems like we are solving a problem that doesn’t exist.

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    TONY   November 11, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Quick question……… When the Mother of the Black Man with Mental Problems that was shot called the Cops, did she tell Dispatch that he had a Deadly Weapon?

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    Snidely Whiplash   November 11, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    “And we are gonna jack the #ELL up on your taxes to pay for our liberal utopian vision dream fantasy” said Mayor Flintstone.
    “Sure we are gonna get lawsuits out the @ss. And we will once again jack the #ELL up on your taxes to pay out those lawsuits too” said Mayor Flintstone. “Hey quit your whining you idiots elected me” said Mayor Flintstone.

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    Alex   November 11, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Dailey needs to join the TEAM for the first 12 calls and offer his expert opinion and experience. Hope you Libs in the City understand this will result in deaths. God bless our Police Dept. You deserve better than Dailey.

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    Donnie   November 11, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    So if the police aren’t needed why is a plainclothes officer responding on the team?
    Daily is truly a libtard moron.

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    Edward Lyle   November 11, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    “Sometimes a response by the police department is not always what’s needed,” said Mayor John Dailey in a Twitter video following the vote. “What is needed is a higher level of service.”

    So… the Mayor views law enforcement as a “(lower) level of service”? I assume then that the glorified social workers will be paid more for their “higher level of service”? One wonders who these politicians will call when a violent and (undetermined) mentally-challenged individual attempts to break into their home? Will they call for the “lower” or “higher” level of service in hopes of protecting their property and lives?

    Stand strong our brave men and women in Blue… we Informed Americans support you 100%.

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    TONY   November 11, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    SO, when the Police have to respond, your “TEAM” will go there as well and NOW, that Officer has to worry about the safety of your “TEAM” as well…………………….. Good to know.

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