BECKLEY, W.Va. — A West Virginia mental health center has started a mobile response team to help children during emotional and behavioral crises.

The Register-Herald reports the Children’s Mobile Crisis Response has operated in Raleigh County for the past six months. Tracy King, director of children’s services at FMRS Health Systems, says the goal is to keep kids safe in their homes and prevent them from having to go elsewhere for treatment.

Candidates for Children’s Mobile Crisis Response include residents younger than 21 experiencing behaviors like suicidal or homicidal ideation, physical aggression, substance abuse and others.

Anyone who wants to use the services can call 304-256-7100. If necessary, a team will be dispatched to meet the youth in the community to help de-escalate the situation and support the caregivers.

Afterward, follow up services will be provided.

Information from: The Register-Herald,

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