Reflecting on a year of the 911 Behavioral Health Diversion Program

On June 30, BHSB hosted a press conference at our office with our partners, the Mayor’s Office, Baltimore Fire Department, Baltimore Police Department and Baltimore Crisis Response to announce updates to the 911 diversion project and $2 million in federal funding coming to BHSB to expand this work.

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“This marks one year of the implementation of this program. It’s about matching individuals to the most appropriate resources when they are having a behavioral health crisis and avoiding unnecessary police encounters. We are leading in this work here in Baltimore.”
Brandon Scott, Mayor of Baltimore


“With this funding, we will expand the pilot to serve more people, in particular children and youth. More than ever, children and youth in our community are feeling distressed and disconnected.  The federal funding will be used to create a youth-specific mobile response team that goes into the community to provide care and follow up support.”
Crista Taylor, BHSB President & CEO

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All photos are from Mayor Scott’s office.