Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced he secured $300,000 in federal funds for the City of West Hollywood to stand up a mobile crisis response team, or care team, that provides compassionate care for individuals during mental and behavioral health crises.
Overall, Schiff secured more than $13.6 million for critical housing, homelessness support, employment, public safety, public health, and education projects throughout Burbank, Glendale, and Los Angeles.
“Our communities should be able to feel safe knowing that in the midst of a mental health or behavioral health crisis, individuals will be met with nothing but compassion, support, and the resources they need to get and stay safe,” said Schiff. “This funding will equip West Hollywood with progressive and proven tools to do just that, and will ensure the city can continue to live up to its values as a supportive haven for all.”
The care team will provide first responder services including assessment, counseling, and first aid to community members experiencing a behavioral health crisis stemming from a mental health condition, substance use, or other factors.
“The City of West Hollywood is thrilled to receive federal recognition and funding to support our City’s work building a mobile crisis response team that supports our community members at their most vulnerable moments,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor Sepi Shyne. “In creating the West Hollywood Care Team, we are advancing our City’s commitment to social justice and racial equity, especially for the LGBTQ community. The Care Team will meet people in their homes and in the community with supportive, trauma-informed care that helps people deescalate out of crisis. We are incredibly grateful to Representative Schiff for championing support of our West Hollywood Care Team at the national level and funding the purchase of the vehicles that will make this a truly mobile and responsive team.”
The funds were included in the fiscal year 2023 federal government funding legislation, which President Biden signed into law on December 29, 2022.
Full descriptions for all of Schiff’s FY23 community projects can be found in the link below: