What is PERT?
The Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams (PERT) consist of specially trained officers and deputies who are paired with licensed mental health professionals. Together, they respond on-scene to situations involving people who are experiencing a mental health related crisis and have come to the attention of law enforcement. The goal is to provide the most appropriate resolution to the crisis by linking people to the least restrictive level of care and to help prevent the unnecessary incarceration or hospitalization of those seen.
PERT's primary purposes are:
Provide clinical support to law enforcement and the community for dispatch calls involving persons having a mental health crisis.
Provide education and training to law enforcement on mental health issues to ensure effective and compassionate interventions with persons in mental health crisis, as well as their family members and support persons.
Provide collaboration between law enforcement and the mental health system of care.
To access PERT services, please call 911 or your local law enforcement agency.
PERT Administrative Office: (619) 276-8112 | Fax: (619) 276-8230
The PERT Administrative Office does not have crisis counselors on staff or the ability to dispatch a PERT unit to respond to a psychiatric crisis - for these situations, please call 911.