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Office of Student Advocacy and Support
The Office of Student Advocacy and Support provides referral and support services to students. Using a case management model, students are assisted in navigating on and off campus resources. The purpose of this office is to assist students in developing strategies to overcome and address barriers that prevent them from achieving their educational and life goals.
The Pierce County Crisis Line is a free service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week that provides immediate help to individuals, families and friends of people in crisis throughout Pierce County. Anyone can call the Crisis Line - for themselves, a family member or friend. First responders, such as EMS staff and law enforcement officers, are also encouraged to call the crisis line if they encounter an individual in a crisis during the course of their work. How We Help : The crisis line will help triage the crisis situation and make a request for crisis outreach services as necessary. In Pierce County, crisis outreach services are provided by two agencies:
Catholic Community Services provides crisis outreach services for children and youth age 17 and under.
Mobile Outreach Crisis Team (MOCT), part of MultiCare Behavioral Health, provides crisis outreach services for persons age 18 and over, including face-to-face evaluations.
Members of the MOCT team provide initial assessments to determine if the individual in crisis will accept a less restrictive alternative to hospitalization. If the individual appears to meet involuntary detainment criteria (danger to self, danger to others, gravely disabled), the MOCT will refer to the Designated Mental Health Professional (DMHP) or refer to the Emergency Department.
The MOCT cannot:
· Walk into active domestic violence situations
· Transport individuals
· Determine medical conditions
· Do a mental health assessment or evaluation of a person under the influence of drugs or alcohol
If there are weapons present or significant history of violence, the MOCT will request police assistance to safely evaluate the individual.
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.