The Crisis Intervention Response Team (CIRT) is a co-response team that is composed of four licensed behavioral health clinicians in the city’s Housing and Human Services Department who are embedded with Boulder Police Department (BPD). Clinicians respond with police on calls involving a behavioral health crisis that come through BPD dispatch.

City of Boulder Crisis Services

It can be tough to know what to do when someone appears to be in crisis, or is demonstrating behavior that is concerning but not criminal. While there is not a perfect answer to most situations, this FAQ contains some answers to more specific, frequently asked questions about how to get help when you’re not sure what to do.

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CIRT Response

We respond to calls that involve a behavioral health crisis.

  • Calls may involve concerns about suicide, someone harming themselves, someone who is experiencing psychosis, extreme behavioral issues, or a person who is experiencing a decline in functioning and not receiving appropriate care.
  • We serve people across the spectrum of life, who are experiencing crisis for a variety of reasons.
  • Over the last few years, we have served people from age 9 to 94.

Request a response

  • To request a response from CIRT, please contact 911 in an emergency, or the non-emergency dispatch line: 303-441-3333.
  • Please note that CIRT always responds with police.
  • For a routine inquiry related to the program, you can reach CIRT at 303-709-4291.
  • Because of the nature of our work, this number is not always monitored, but we will return calls within 24 hours.


  • CIRT is currently operating 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days/week but will expand to 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday by July 1.

Other available resources

Colorado Crisis Services and Mental Health Partners can offer assistance by calling, texting or visiting.

Clinicians and peer support specialists are available 24/7 for all the following options: