Psychiatric Emergency Response Team
Improving and Enriching Lives

What is PERT?

The Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) consists of specially trained officers and deputies who are paired with licensed mental health professionals. Together, they respond on-scene to situations involving people experiencing a mental health crisis to the extent they have come to the attention of law enforcement. The goal is to provide the most appropriate resolution to the crisis by linking people to the least restrictive level of care and to help prevent unnecessary incarceration or hospitalization.

PERT's primary  purposes are:

  • Provide clinical support to law enforcement and the community for dispatch calls involving persons in mental health crisis.
  • Provide education and training to public safety personnel on mental health issuesto ensure effective and compassionate interventions with persons in mental health crisis, as well as their family members and support persons.
  • Provide 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