Launched on June 1, 2020, the Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) program is the result of a partnership between the Caring for Denver Foundation, Denver Police Department, Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD), Denver Health Paramedic Division, Denver 911 and community supports and resources. The STAR program creates a social crisis response to the 911 system in lieu of traditional law enforcement. With STAR, civilian health care workers respond to calls for service involving individuals experiencing problems related to homelessness, mental health, depression, poverty and/or substance abuse. Clinicians with the STAR program are trained in de-escalation techniques; provide food, water and transportation for clients and connect people to shelters, counseling, medication and other essential services.
This case study shares Denver's recent successes providing crisis response services to residents in need and the steps that led to these successes.
Data-Driven Justice (DDJ) is a project of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Arnold Ventures that aims to support local jurisdictions in using data to better align resources to respond to people experiencing a behavioral health crisis, particularly those who are frequent utilizers of justice, health and human services systems. Find out more and join.Standard