County nabs mental health grant
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Sonoma County received a $3 million grant that will expand critical services through the award-winning Crisis Assessment, Prevention and Education (CAPE) team and the Mobile Support Team (MST). The Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013 established the grant to increase capacity for client assistance and services in crisis intervention, crisis stabilization, crisis residential treatment, rehabilitative mental health services and mobile crisis support teams.

Third District Supervisor Shirlee Zane, who leads the development of the Mobile Support Team, commented on the impact of the funding and services. 

“The Mobile Support Team and the CAPE team are the best examples of how a community can come together to meet a critical need,” she said. “Both initiatives demonstrate how government can invest upstream in our children and preventative services so that the community thrives while avoiding downstream costs in the health and criminal justice systems. ”

The county’s Mobile Support Team currently works with law enforcement to respond to situations in which individuals are experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis. Services are currently available in the City of Santa Rosa and the Town of Windsor, with the new funding extending services to the cities of Cotati, Rohnert Park, and Petaluma.

The CAPE Team works with nine local high schools, Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University to provide mental health support, care and referral for youth in school settings. The funding will expand services to additional schools in Windsor, Healdsburg and Sonoma, which will increase students’ access to services, and reduce the impact of untreated and undertreated mental health and substance use issues on youth, their families, and school systems.

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