University Crisis Intervention Team

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.

Meet your MHART Counselor

Brenndan Ward Counselor

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.