Improving and Enriching Lives


Persons living with mental illness will have access to and be referred to programs at the appropriate level of service and no person will be hospitalized or incarcerated unnecessarily.


The Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) is a division of Community Research Foundation (CRF) and is in partnership with San Diego County Health and Human Services, San Diego County Law Enforcement, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI San Diego). PERT contributes to the well-being of individuals with mental illness by actively and compassionately assisting individuals in crisis who come to the attention of law enforcement to access appropriate services and to optimize outcomes through on-scene assessments and referrals.

PERT Cores Values:

We believe that persons with mental illness must be compassionately assessed regarding their unique needs and be referred to assistance that is appropriate to those needs.

We believe that law enforcement and mental health workers have a duty and responsibility to collaboratively work together with persons living with mental illness, their family and support persons, and the community as a whole to ensure that people receive the level of service they require.

We believe that on-scene partnership of mental health and law enforcement contributes to the well-being of persons living with mental illness and to the well-being and protection of the community.

We believe that outreach efforts to marginalized groups in the community assist persons to meet identified needs and assist communities to recognize and address larger issues related to community health and safety.