PACT stands for Pitkin Area Co-Responder Teams, a collaborative community program between law enforcement and mental health professionals. The co-responder team jointly responds to calls where substance abuse and/or mental health challenges may exist.
Who makes up the PACT team?
A co-responder, who is a licensed mental health clinician.
Local police officers and deputies from Aspen Police Department, Snowmass Village Police Department, and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
A case manager and a peer specialist from Mind Springs Health.
How does the PACT program work?
On scene, the mental health co-responder works with officers and deputies to help stabilize the situation and to develop a plan to help.
A full-time case manager follows up after the co-response and manages the plan. This may involved:
Helping with transportation to doctor appointments
Making sure they get their medications
Helping navigate legal issues
Assisting with access to economic assistance or other community services
Coordinating access to counseling, group support, and/or treatment
Providing resources to loved ones and to add another layer of support
A full-time peer specialist, who has lived with and overcome their own personal mental health challenges, is available during police calls or afterwards to provide support and to act as a role-model and advocate.
What are PACT’s goals?
To de-criminalize mental illness.
To reduce incarcerations of low-level offenders with mental illness.
To decrease emergency room visits for mental health care.
To reduce repeat police calls for individuals in need of community-based services and mental health support.