This paper assesses the economic impact of a crisis resolution team (CRT) in South London, using data from a prospective controlled trial. Two cohorts of patients were compared. After referral with a psychiatric crisis, the first cohort received existing services and the second cohort had access to input from a CRT. Baseline and follow-up 6-month costs were measured for 181 cases.
At follow-up, mean costs were £1681 less for the post-CRT patients, which was not statistically significant. However, a significant difference of £2189 was observed when patients with any CRT contact were compared with those with none.
The crisis resolution team resulted in lower costs. Such services can thus help to release funds for other forms of care.