ICT-1 pilot program halts services

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Integrated Crisis Team or ICT-1 ended their 90-day pilot program last week.

ICT-1 consisted of an officer, a paramedic, and mental health provider. The teams would respond to calls, Tuesday through Friday, from 2 p.m. to midnight.

Leaders of the program are gathering data and analyzing it before presenting that to the Wichita City Council and Sedgwick County Commission.

"We're certainly going to have to make a couple of tweaks and changes to the program to make it more efficient and get the best model for this community. But, I fully anticipate this program to continue on," said Malachi Winters, program manager.

Preliminary numbers show that for half of the calls, ICT-1 was able to treat in place and not send people to hospitals.

"Before, a lot of the treatment options were bringing them into the COMCARE crisis center or bringing them into an emergency room. Now, we have the option of bringing the services out to the public and out to the community," said Winters.

One of the criticisms of the program were the hours. 

"I think there needs to be a little bit more services for that, preferably hours and days. I think that's something that needs to be around the clock. There's a big need for mental health right now," said Lisa Hopkins, whose family members have used the service.

The pilot program, which began on July 31 and ended on October 31, was a collaboration between various departments across the city and county.

"It's really nice to see us breaking down those walls and no longer being stuck in silos and working truly together as a collaborative community project," said Winters.

The final data will be presented to city and county leaders later this month. They will determine the future and funding for this program.

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