Community Health Care in the East Valley
A unique private-public partnership has been created in Mesa and the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon surrounding areas to provide community health care to local residents in an efficient manner.
Specially equipped units called Community Medicine Units (CMU) are dispatched to medical and behavioral calls that are considered low-level emergencies. (The units were renamed in January 2016). Now, when residents call 911 for non-life threatening emergencies, a Advanced Practitioner CMU is dispatched for medical calls and a Behavioral Health CMU for behavioral calls that is dispatched to their home or location at the time. This is important since 80 percent of the calls that come into the 911 control system that is operated by Mesa Fire and Medical Department are of a medical nature.
Meet the Private-Public Partners
Mountain Vista Medical Center, an acute care hospital in Mesa, employs nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants that go on 911 calls with paramedic captains.
Crisis Preparation Recovery, a Title XIX certiﬁed behavioral health outpatient, medication and crisis services company that employs crisis counselors that go on 911 calls with paramedic captains.
Mesa Fire and Medical Department, a fire and medical department that serves the emergency fire and medical needs for residents of Mesa, employs paramedic captains that go on 911 calls and the rig that transports the medical and emergency personnel.
Superstition Fire & Medical Department, a fire and medical department that serves the emergency fire and medical needs for residents of Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and surrounding areas, employs paramedic captains that go on 911 calls and the rig that transports the medical and emergency personnel.
In the News:
- 3 mobile medical units to answer low-level emergency calls, treat patients in Mesa, Apache Junction
- Community care unit aiding Mesa residents, aims to expand across the Valley
- Mesa Receives Grant to Fine-Tune Emergency Services
- Mesa Fire and Medical Receives Multimillion Dollar Grant to Expand Community Care Response (TRV) Program
- MH Providers Urged To Consider Non-typical Partners in Crisis Care
- Let Paramedics and Nurse Practitioners Handle Some 911 CallsBloomberg to Give $42 Million to Help Cities Do More With Data
- Units Ease Load for 1st Responders: New Fire Dept. Team Tackles Low-Level Emergency Calls