Project Respond

Project Respond is a mobile mental health crisis response team that provides an array of crisis, specialized, and culturally aware services. Project Respond focuses on helping an individual and/or family regain a sense of control over thoughts, feelings, and events. Individual strengths and preferences are considered during all support interventions.

Project Respond Crisis Team is the core of crisis services. Clinicians provide crisis risk assessment and support to individuals and families in Multnomah County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Once an individual is referred for services Project Respond crisis clinicians will:

  • Speak directly to referent to gather information
  • Provide on-site risk assessment and safety planning
  • Provide follow-up services to support recovery from a crisis
  • Provide linkage to peer wellness services Crisis teams will respond in groups of two and provide services in the community where the individual/family is located.

Because even in crisis the individual remains the expert on what is likely to benefit them, planning for safety is a collaborative process between the individual and clinician. Project Respond strives to provide the least restrictive option and may provide ongoing assessment or reassessment over the course of days.

  • Emergency Department Liaisons (ED) ED Liaisons provide outreach and support to individuals identified by local emergency departments to help support and assist in access to services and decrease the risk of further crises.
  • Family Crisis Stabilization Specialists (FCSS) FCSS clinicians respond to children, adolescents, and families identified as in crisis or at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis as well as follow-up support and services to bridge the gap to longer-term services and supports.
  • Peer Wellness Specialists (PWS) PWS provide an opportunity for individuals referred by the crisis team to engage in peer-driven services focused on acceptance, hope, options and opportunities, and problem-solving. Services are provided by specialists with similar or shared lived experiences.
  • Library Crisis Services (LCS) LCS provide outreach, engagement and crisis response to individuals utilizing the Multnomah County Library System as well as education and consultation to library staff.
  • Shelter Behavioral Health Team (SBHT) SBHT are a group of counselors and peers who take referrals from all publically funded shelters to provide
    guests experiencing distress with an in-person behavioral health intervention.

Clinicians from Project Respond work on an integrated team with Gresham Police to provide support and assistance to individuals in the community experiencing a mental health crisis and having contact with Gresham Police. All referrals come internally from Gresham Police.

Clinicians from Project Respond partner with the Portland Police Behavioral Health Unit to provide coordinated response teams to assist individuals in a mental health crisis who are having contact with Portland Police. This is a follow-up service and all referrals come internally from Portland Police.