Interfaith Works thanks and recognizes Council President Sidney Katz and the members of the Montgomery County Council for taking a major step forward to protect the dignity of people with mental illness by investing in six more social workers for the County Mobile Crisis Team to respond to people facing mental health crises. Social workers with mental health training, who are trauma-informed, should be the first to respond to these crises. It is not a crime to have a physical illness nor should it be a crime to have a mental illness.
Interfaith Works serves 17,000 individuals and families in Montgomery County who are low-income or experiencing homelessness, many of whom have mental illnesses. A disproportionately high number of those we serve are black or brown. We urge the County Council to move quickly to pass this important and much needed first step for the health and safety of everyone.