UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) — The Neighborhood Center, Inc. is announcing a pilot partnership between the Neighborhood Center’s Mobile Crisis Awareness Team or M-CAT and the Utica Police Department. One M-CAT crisis counselor/program coordinator and one Utica Police Department Officer will be on duty and available Monday through Friday from 10am-6pm. They will respond to law enforcement calls relating to mental health issues coming into UPD.
The team will collaborate closely with Utica Police Officers, Oneida County Mental Health, agency partners and community members to provide ongoing support and mental health care in the community.
“This directly came out of the police reform committee and one of the standards set forth by the committee and so much as to deal with the mental health issues within the city of Utica. our goal here is a preventative, proactive approach to ensure that those who need mental health services or substance abuse services get it before there’s an issue. we hope to target those individuals who have repeated police contacts or need repeated services that either are non-compliant with their services or need a little bit of help to help direct them toward the services they may require within the community.” – SGT. Michael Curley, Utica Police Department
In “off-shift hours”, the Utica Police Department will continue to utilize the M-CAT crisis line (315-732-MCAT) as necessary to maintain consistent mental health support for clients in the community and to provide a crisis response.