Nice to see Wraparound Milwaukee featured in an AHRQ Innovation Profile for their model Mobile Urgent Treatment Team. The Mobile Urgent Treatment Team (MUTT) is a multidisciplinary team that provides 24-hour crisis intervention services to families in the Milwaukee area. The team defuses crisis situations and helps to find community services for the child and family as an alternative to institutionalization. The program, which is popular among both police and parents, has significantly reduced the need for hospitalization for children and adolescents after a crisis situation.
It's hard to argue with success
MUTT has significantly reduced the use and costs of inpatient psychiatric facilities for children with complex needs who face a crisis situation; both police and parents are satisfied with the program.
- Use and costs of hospitalization: Since implementation of the program in 1994, the annual costs of hospitalization for adolescents fell by more than 50 percent, from $10.5 to $5.0 million. In the third quarter of 2007, nearly four in five (79 percent) MUTT crisis cases were diverted from hospitalization. In addition, those children who are hospitalized through MUTT have significantly lower lengths of stay than do similar children who are not seen by the team (2.2 vs. 5.1 days).
- MUTT and WrapAround Milwaukee have been in contact with other counties across the United States to help implement similar programs.
- Dr. Morano, Director, Mobile Urgent Treatment Team, now serves as the consultant to the newly formed mobile crisis team in Erie County, NY, called CARES. The CARES team has served families in the Buffalo, NY, area since July, 2009, and adopted much of the philosophy and strategies of MUTT. Other communities, including Chautauqua County, NY, and Saginaw, MI, are in the development phase of similar teams.
- In the past year, MUTT has worked with several communities to help develop similar programs in their communities. Most notably, MUTT has partnered with Baltimore, MD, and Syracuse, NY, in their efforts to provide crisis services to youth.
Contact Dr. Morano for more information here:
- Chris Morano, PhD
Director, Mobile Urgent Treatment Team