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Crisis Line Tacoma/Pierce County

  • Crisis Resource
  • Off Campus

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.