New Mental Health Program Saving Dollars

Jackson County

MEDFORD, Ore. — A new service is helping the mentally ill get help quicker and it’s also saving the community thousands of dollars.

That service is having a Jackson County Mental Health worker respond with police to mental health calls. The idea is to connect services immediately to someone with a mental illness instead of sending a person to the hospital and then to the Mental Health Department.

Rogue Regional Medical Center estimates nearly 1,600 dollars is saved for every person who does not come into its Psychiatric Care Unit. The Jackson County Mental Health Department says this stems from its “Crisis Intervention Training” to help the mentally ill and change the community.

“Through the CIT opportunities we’ve grown a new relationship that mental health really hasn’t had with law enforcement,” Stacey Brubaker with the Mental Health Department explained. “So I think these kind of things will continue to develop that so we’ll have a better community response.”

The mental health worker also assists the William Moore Center and RRMC.