The Healthcare Issues Team met on December 12th to hear a presentation by Malora Christensen, Response Systems Division Manager at the Whatcom County Health Department. She spoke about the programs she manages, GRACE, LEAD
, and ART.
The GRACE program provides intensive support to people who are frequent users of emergency medical services, law enforcement, and the Whatcom County jail. The LEAD program is similar, but works with people with multiple low-level criminal offenses. The ART program is new and in the process of being implemented. A 911 dispatch specialist will be able to send two-person teams of behavioral health specialists for calls that don’t need EMS or law enforcement.
The program was recorded, but the recording started partway through the presentation. To view the unedited video, click here.