MCES Adds New Ambulance For Assisting People In Need

Friday, September 20, 2019

The only Emergency Medical Service (EMS) in Pennsylvania solely dedicated to responding to mental health crises in the community now has a new fully equipped state-of-the art ambulance. Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES) is the home of EMS Station 305, which has been coming to the aid of persons with serious mental illness for over forty years.

This unique program reduces the need for local police departments and community ambulance companies to transport persons needing emergency psychiatric care. It also lessens the stigma felt by persons with mental illness who would otherwise have to be picked-up and taken for help in police vehicles.

William Myers, MCES Chief Executive Officer, noted that the EMS enhances MCES's crisis capability and frees local emergency services to meet needs in their areas. He thanked the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Behavioral Health for supporting the EMS Program and for the assistance provided to all MCES programs.

MCES operates two basic life support ambulances that respond to residences, hospital emergency departments, and other locations. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) trained to safely aid persons experiencing serious mental health crises and potentially life-threatening psychiatric emergencies staff the vehicles.

The EMS program is a critical component of MCES's emergency psychiatric services, which are available on a 24/7 basis. MCES EMTs routinely assist police officers and state troopers throughout Montgomery County to intervene with persons requiring involuntary psychiatric evaluations because of possible danger to themselves or to others.