Task Force on Mental Health Crisis Services Holds Initial Meeting
State College, Pa – On Thursday, September 26, 2019, the Task Force on Mental Health Crisis Services held their initial meeting since being established earlier in September. The Task Force was jointly established by Centre County and the Borough of State College to recommend enhancements to, and identify strengths of, the mental health crisis delivery system in Centre County. Specifically, the Task Force is tasked to examine the continuum of mental health crisis services, including:
- Mobile Crisis Services
- Delegate Crisis Services
- Involuntary Commitment Warrant Procedures
- Police Officers’ role in responding to Mental Health calls and 302 Warrant Procedures
- Emergency Department Procedures
- Post-Emergency Department Services
During this initial meeting, Dr. Billie S. Willits was introduced as the chair of the Task Force. Dr. Willits is an active member of our community, having served as the Board Chair of Skills of Central Pennsylvania and the Skills Foundation, the President of AAUW State College, and as a current member of the Human Resource Committee of Centre Volunteers in Medicine. Dr. Willits has been employed by various higher education institutions including Eastern Iowa, University of Cincinnati, the University of Massachusetts and the Penn State University, working in the areas of human resource management, affirmative action, leadership development, strategic planning and as a faculty member. She brings energy, passion and commitment to the work of this critical Task Force.
The Task Force will continue its work, providing periodic updates to the community and ultimately issuing a report in Spring, 2020 to the State College Borough Council and the Centre County Commissioners. Task Force members are dedicated to the mission of identifying the current state of the system, noting strengths and recommending enhancements to the mental health crisis delivery system County wide.