May is Mental Health Awareness Month
1 in 4 people will suffer from some form of mental illness in any given year.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This month and every month, we would like to raise awareness about the importance of mental health. Break the silence, break the stigma.
The Montebello Police Department and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) created a partnership over the last several years to become the Montebello Mental Health Team (MMHT). This cooperative effort allows a licensed clinician provided by the LACDMH and a sworn Montebello Police Officer to assist our patrol officers with handling calls for service involving persons who may be suffering from a mental health crisis or need mental health services.
While responding to critical in-progress incidents is a crucial component of MMHT’s responsibilities, the team addresses other mental health crises and homeless outreach for all individuals, including those with mental health challenges throughout our community. Additionally, MMHT provides extensive follow-up and case management for individuals with chronic mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness. MMHT can help alleviate the burden placed on patrol resources and provide expert assistance to those in need by addressing these concerns regularly.
The Montebello Mental Health Team (MMHT) assists the community, hospitals, and law enforcement in Montebello with:
- Emergency psychiatric evaluation services to determine whether immediate inpatient psychiatric treatment is required.
- Crisis intervention services and mental health consultations
- Improving access to mental health treatment services through linkage and or Referral to community services; and
- Timely post-crisis follows up to ensure connection to appropriate resources.
If you or someone you love needs help, there is a list of resources listed below that may be able to assist you. As always, if you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.
1. LA County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH): https://dmh.lacounty.gov/
FOR 24/7 HELP, PLEASE CALL OUR HELPLINE AT (800) 854-7771
The LACDMH Help Line serves as the primary entry point for mental health services with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Services provided by our Help Line staff include:
· Access Line for Service Referrals, Crisis Assessments, and Field Deployments – available 24/7 (option 1 when calling the HelpLine)
§ Mental health screening and assessment
§ Referral to a service provider
§ Crisis counseling
§ Mobilizing field response teams
§ Linkages to other services and resources
· Emotional Support Warm Line with Trained Active Listeners – available 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (option 2 when calling the HelpLine)
· Veteran Line for Mental Health Support and Connection to Veteran Programs – available 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (option 3 when calling the HelpLine)
2. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) https://namisangabrielvalley.org/
NAMI warmline: 1-626-577-6697.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
3. Substance Abuse Service Helpline (SASH) http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/sapc/
SASH helpline: 1-844-804-7500