Mobile Crisis Team

DESC’s Mobile Crisis Team provides in-person response 24/7 to anyone experiencing a behavioral health crisis anywhere in King County.

When an individual is experiencing a behavioral health crisis including mental health and/or substance use crisis, first responders can call on the Mobile Crisis Team, 43 mental health professionals, substance use disorder professionals and peer providers. In addition to police and fire, the team also accepts referrals from the King County Crisis Connections Line and Designated Crisis Responders.

Once the team receives a referral, they pair up, travel to the individual, provide for the client’s immediate needs and help devise a solution to the crisis. They may assist the person with getting into a safe and supportive space, provide them with resources for shelter, meals or medical services, connect them with a mental health provider, supply donated clothing, refer them to services and possibly arrange transportation to the Crisis Solutions Center or another service provider.


  • Help resolve client crises by finding the least restrictive alternative.
  • Refer individuals to resources in the community related to resolving their crisis.
  • Work closely with Designated Crisis Responders and other first responders to assess individuals for risk of harm to themselves or others.
  • Can mobilize and respond to support individuals who are in crisis anywhere in King County.