Providing Appropriate Interventions for
Mental Health Crises

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Too often, people experiencing mental illness are put in jail because communities rely on law enforcement to respond to mental health crises. Our goal is to reduce the number of incarcerations and hospital admissions for people with mental health needs or substance use disorders.

People experiencing mental health emergencies deserve quick access to effective mental health care, as people expect when experiencing physical health emergencies.

The Clinician-Led Community Response Team uses face-to-face interventions with the individual in crisis. In addition, we work with the family and other support systems to engage, assess, de-escalate, and connect individuals with the most appropriate services.

This Pilot Program is funded by the City of Indianapolis.



Bringing help to you

The CLCR will include, at minimum, a master’s-level clinician and peer support specialist.

We provide interventions in an environment where the individual is experiencing a crisis (often in the home or community).  If you’re feeling anxiety, distress, sadness, or any emotional or behavioral difficulty disrupting your life, we can help – right where you are. We provide appropriate care and support while avoiding unnecessary law enforcement involvement, emergency department use, and hospitalization when possible.


  • Crisis intervention/stabilization
  • Mental Health assessments
  • Rapid linkage/or re-linkage to necessary medical and behavioral health services
  • Connect to support systems within the community
  • Follow-up visits, if necessary

Who Is eligible

Anyone who is experiencing emotional distress.

For youth, the parent or legal guardian must permit care. However, in an emergency, care will be provided to keep the child safe until the family can be notified.

The Clinican Led Community Response is at no cost to you. 

The CLCR operates in the Downtown and East Districts of Indianapolis 24 hours, 7 days a week. 

NOTE: The CLCR is NOT for urgent safety concerns such as overdose, violence towards others, or medical emergencies.