Response Systems is a new Health Department division focused on serving people who lack adequate care for behavioral health challenges. Many of these community members rely heavily on 911, crisis services, or are caught up in the legal system.
Read more about specific Response Systems programs at the links below:
A Bellingham program that sends a behavioral health specialist and a public health nurse to respond to specific non-violent behavioral health 911 calls. The Alternative Response Team (ART) is an innovative program that benefits people having mental or behavioral health challenges, and our police personnel, allowing them to respond to other emergent calls requiring law enforcement intervention.
The Anne Deacon Center for Hope is a crisis stabilization center serving adults in Whatcom County and the North Sound Region. The Center for Hope offers short term, in-patient substance use disorder and behavioral health support services. Services offered at the Center for Hope are provided by Compass Health and Pioneer Human Services.
Ground-Level Response and Coordinated Engagement (GRACE) program provides intensive support to people who are frequent users of emergency medical services (EMS), law enforcement (LE), hospital emergency department (ED), and the Whatcom County jail. The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, which works with people with multiple low-level criminal offenses.