In early 2021, UTPD launched the University Crisis Intervention Team (UCIT) to provide immediate intervention to persons in mental health crisis by connecting them with ongoing services provided by the university or its community partners. UCIT members will respond to calls for service in an unmarked vehicle, dressed in low-profile uniforms.
UCIT now continues its caretaking mission in partnership with the University's Mental Health Assistance and Response Team (MHART). Together UCIT and MHART provide a real-time team response consisting of a mental health professional and a UTPD Mental Health Peace Officer. The team provides immediate care on scene, makes connections to appropriate service providers, and provides a diversion from the criminal justice system.
Mental Health Assistance and Response Team counselors
Meet the MHART Counselors
Brennden Ward previously worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) at here on campus. He’s also provided direct counseling and crisis support at Westfield State University and worked as a Mobile Crisis Clinician in the state of Connecticut. Having worked as a crisis counselor and also having an interest in law enforcement, he felt that it was an exciting opportunity to join MHART.
Erin Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who was previously working for Integral Care’s Psychiatric Emergency Services as a crisis clinician. Erin’s previous work experience includes working on Integral Care’s Expanded Mobile Crisis Outreach Team, their traditional Mobile Crisis Outreach Team, and for Austin State Hospital. Erin feels most effective in her role as a social worker when she is assisting individuals in navigating a psychiatric crisis and believes her role as a clinician with MHART provides her this opportunity.