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Mobile Response Stabilization Services (MRSS)

Mobile Response Stabilization Services (MRSS)

When crisis happens, you want someone there as soon as possible. With Alta’s Mobile Response Stabilization Services or MRSS, a team can respond to most situations in as little as 60 minutes.

MRSS: Help When and Where You Need it.

Alta Behavioral Healthcare’s Mobile Response Stabilization Services (MRSS) is a team of licensed clinicians and support staff providing emotional triage to stabilize crises where and when the situations occur in as little as 60 minutes. MRSS is an alternative to in-patient care, designed for youth and young adults under the age of 18 who are experiencing severe behavioral or emotional distress, giving them immediate care and on-going support.

What Defines a Crisis?

In most situations, the crisis is defined by families or staff and can include:

  • Escalating emotional or behavioral issues 
  • Mental health issues 
  • Addiction and substance abuse 
  • Physical and emotional trauma 
  • School truancy 
  • Running away from home 
  • Parent/child or caregiver/child conflicts
  • Grief 
  • Suicidal ideation

Call 1-888-418 MRSS (6777) to start the referral

A Team Effort

Alta’s MRSS Team uses local staff to provide instant care. Each team dispatched is composed of an Alta licensed clinician and peer recovery support staff to continue care when needed for behavioral and mental health. All staff are trained by The Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence of Case Western Reserve and certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Who is MRSS for?

MRSS is for anyone going through a behavioral situation. Alta Behavioral Healthcare focuses on the mental health of everyone involved. MRSS offers support to families as well as school staff in Mahoning County.

For families, Alta’s MRSS team can help de-escalate situations in homes, relieving the need for further involvement from law enforcement. School staff can use MRSS to de-escalate situations on site as well as receive continued support when necessary.

Continued Support

MRSS brings the care where you need it the most. Clinical and peer recovery support staff help de-escalate situations and provide support to staff and to families to prevent future crisis events. While Alta’s MRSS team responds immediately to a crisis, they also ensure the client – once stepping down from MRSS – is linked to other services that may be appropriate.

For youth and families, MRSS provides the following:

  • Safety assessment and planning
  • De-escalation
  • Support for parents from another peer with lived experience
  • Recommendations for building coping skills and strategies
  • Connection to resources
  • Up to 6 weeks of on-going support in school and at home

How Does MRSS Work

If staff need assistance, all they need to do is call 1-888-418 MRSS (6777). Staff can expect to be contacted by Alta’s MRSS Team within an hour. This service is available daily from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

To start a referral process call 1-888-418 MRSS (6777)

MRSS Program Director:

Sarah Macovitz, MSSA, LISW-S

[email protected]