What is the Mobile Crisis Unit?
The Mobile Crisis Unit (MCU) is an emergency mental health program of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board that provides on-scene evaluation, treatment and crisis intervention in the community.
The MCU specializes in providing these services to individuals who are experiencing a mental health emergency and who need, but are unwilling or unable to seek, mental health treatment.
In many of these situations there is concern that, as a result of a psychiatric condition, the person may be a danger to self or others or may not be caring for self.
While the goal of the MCU is to enlist the individual’s cooperation and develop the least restrictive treatment options, the MCU is authorized to recommend and facilitate involuntary hospitalization and treatment when necessary.
A second MCU became operational in 2017. MCU1 operates from 8 a.m. to midnight, and MCU2 operates from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The MCU also specializes in responding to referrals from the Police, Fire and Rescue service, and other public safety agencies on cases where mental health consultation and intervention are needed. In many situations, the MCU is able to assume responsibility for the case; enabling these personnel to quickly clear the scene to resume their other duties.
MCU staff is on call 24/7 to respond to hostage/barricade incidents involving the County's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team and police negotiators and provides critical incident stress management and crisis debriefing during and after traumatic events.