Mobile Response & Stabilization Services

Mobile Response Stabilization Services Crosswalk
New Jersey
Mobile crisis response service to keep youth enrolled in the SOC at home and out of inpatient psychiatric care unless truly needed
Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) is a mobile intervention for children and adolescents experiencing a behavioral or mental health crisis.
Short-term, flexible services that assist in stabilizing youth in their current living arrangement, to prevent repeated hospitalizations, to stabilize behavioral health needs and to improve functioning in life domains.
Goal to contain and manage crisis in the home and community so the family plan and vision wouldn’t be disrupted.
Gatekeeper function for multisystem youth.
The purpose of the program is to serve children in their homes, schools, and communities, reduce the number of visits to hospital emergency rooms, divert children from inpatient hospitalization if a lower level of care is a safe and effective alternative, and decrease the number of unnecessary arrests in school/community.
Defuse the current crisis and help link the youth and family with ongoing therapeutic resources. On-site intervention for immediate de-escalation of presenting emotional symptoms and/ or behaviors.
Integrated fully into New Jersey’s System of Care.
Child Welfare MUTT 30 days
45 days
40% 72 hours;   60% 8 weeks
24/7 availability (pager from 11pm-7am)
EMPS Mobile Hours: 6am to 10pm Mon-Fri
1pm to 10pm Sat/Sun/Holidays
Crisis clinician response during non-mobile hours, with EMPS mobile follow-up offered at next mobile hours
24/7 Single Point of Access:  CSOC; Contracted Systems Administrator (CSA)
Average response time
Average mobile response time 20 minutes
45 minutes
Within 60 minutes
Home, school, Community
Home, school, Community
Home, school, Community
Population and eligibility
Provides services to any family in Milwaukee County with a child who is having a mental health crisis when the behavior of the child threatens his or her removal from home, school, etc.
Any child 18 or younger in Connecticut (19 year olds, if in school)
1. Youth/ young adult between the ages of 5 & 21.  Special consideration given to children under 5.
2. The child/youth exhibits moderate to high intensity risk behaviors which impacts overall functioning; and/or the current functional impairment is a clearly notable change compared with previous functioning.
3. The child/youth requires immediate intervention in order to be maintained in his/her present living arrangement or to avoid psychiatric hospitalization.
Exclusions: Youth in Residential Treatment Centers, Sub-Acute Units, Inpatient Hospitals
If the youth is involved with MST/FFT, then MRSS dispatch and stabilization is not accessible. The caregiver may voluntarily choose to work with MRSS and discontinue MST/FFT services.