A recent expansion of the CrisisCare Center, 1055 S. Houston Ave., creates a single-entry point for law enforcement officers (LEOs) to take individuals experiencing mental health crises. LEOs are often default mental health responders and must frequently decide whether to take someone in crisis to jail, emergency rooms or various mental health facilities.
Made possible by funding from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and operated by Family and Children’s Services, the Police One Stop gives officers easy access to a central facility where individuals in mental health crisis can be assessed, stabilized and connected to appropriate care in the community.
By assessing individuals to determine the level of care they truly need, the facility also can reduce unnecessary and expensive hospitalizations across Tulsa, divert individuals from jail when treatment is preferred, and reduce the number of hours police must travel to find mental health beds for individuals in crisis. This will improve costs and outcomes for the entire criminal justice and health care system in Tulsa, according to the Healthy Minds Policy Initiative.