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PERT Mental Health Services Presentation

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:00 to 11:00
San Diego Library - Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Branch
9005 Aero Dr.
San Diego, CA 92123
The Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT), is a program of the Community Research Foundation (CRF), a not-for-profit organization, and is in partnership with San Diego County Health and Human Services (HHSA), San Diego County Law Enforcement Agencies and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI San Diego). The purpose of the PERT program is to contribute to the well-being of individuals living with mental illness by actively and compassionately assisting individuals in crisis who come to the attention of law enforcement. They advocate for appropriate services and to optimize outcomes through on-scene assessments and referrals. The PERT program is funded by the County of San Diego HHSA and the MHSA act. The PERT program is a law enforcement based mental health crisis intervention team that pairs a licensed mental health professional with a law enforcement officer/deputy. 


Marla Kingkade has worked in law enforcement and mental health communities in San Diego County for thirty-four years. 
Marla, with the help and support of many community partners, implemented the PERT program in 1996 for the San Diego Police Department. In 1998, the PERT program became county-wide involving several law enforcement jurisdictions, including the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and eleven additional law enforcement agencies. In 2001, Marla went to the La Mesa Police Department as the Public Relations and Juvenile Diversion Officer but continued to support and advise the PERT program. In 2007 she was asked to return to PERT full time to help expand the program. Currently, CRF/PERT contracts with thirteen law enforcement jurisdictions within San Diego County and assigns clinicians at twenty-five separate law enforcement locations. 
In 2012, Marla joined the Board of Directors of Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL). She works with San Diego County law enforcement to distribute information and resources about the SOSL program. In 2013, Marla joined the Board of the California Crisis Intervention Training Association (CACITA) and is currently serving as the President of the CACITA Board of Directors.