MUTT — Mobile Urgent Treatment Teams

Mobile Urgent Treatment Teams (MUTT) were pioneered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a way to divert mentally ill children into community treatment by using a “mobile urgent response” to incidents, rather than into the juvenile justice system with law enforcement involvement or extended hospitalization.  A decrease in both has been shown for both statistics.  It also provides a linkage between the community mental health resources and the schools, with training for school officials.  A detailed overview of the Milwaukee program is available here and here.

The Models for Change, Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network has funded the MUTT initiative in other states in the network to develop and implement the model.  For details about Ohio implementing the program in two counties, see an overview here.

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