Psychiatric Emergency Response Team
Improving and Enriching Lives

What is PERT?

The Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) is specially trained officers and deputies paired with licensed mental health professionals. 

Together, they respond to situations involving people experiencing a mental health crisis.  Our goal is to provide the most appropriate resolution to the crisis, we link people to the least restrictive level of care and help prevent unnecessary incarceration or hospitalization.

May 2018, PERT receives Commendation from the San Diego Grand Jury.  "The 2017/2018 San Diego County Grand Jury commends the PERT program for its valuable service to law enforcement agencies and to the citizens of the San Diego County. The Grand Jury also appreciates the support of this program by Community Research Foundation, the San
Diego County Board of Supervisors, and the San Diego County Health and Human Services."

PERT is:

  • Clinical support to law enforcement and the community for dispatch calls involving persons in mental health crisis.
  • Education and training to public safety personnel on mental health issues,
  • Effective and compassionate interventions with persons in mental health crisis,
  • Collaboration between public safety and the mental health system of care.

To access PERT services, please call 911 or your local law enforcement agency.

PERT Administrative Office: (619) 276-8112     |     Fax: (619) 276-8230

The PERT Administrative Office does not have crisis counselors on staff or the ability to dispatch a PERT unit to respond to a psychiatric crisis - for these situations, please call 911