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Hospital Council Submits Letter Supporting Alameda County Community Assessment and Transport Team


  • Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services
  • Hospital Council


On behalf of its hospital members in Alameda County, Hospital Council submitted a letter to the Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission in support of Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services’ request for additional CATT funding. The CATT is a pilot program whereby a professional team comprised of a mental health clinician and emergency medical technician respond to an individual in the course of a psychiatric emergency, assess the individual, and transport them in a non-ambulance vehicle to the most appropriate service — potentially avoiding the need for an unnecessary emergency room visit.

Takeaway/Next Steps

Since launching in July 2020, CATT has responded to over 750 episodes in nine cities throughout Alameda County. Almost one-third of all CATT episodes in which a client was transported resulted in a transport to a community-based mental health provider.