Social Worker Maria Guerrero (left) works with Greenfield Police Department officers as part of its Mobile Crisis Team through a partnership with Monterey County Behavioral Health. (Courtesy of Greenfield Police Department)

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Police Department is shining a light on its active partnership with Monterey County Behavioral Health, a collaboration dedicated to supporting the community’s mental well-being.

The department’s Mobile Crisis Team includes not only officers trained in crisis intervention, but also Maria Guerrero, a psychiatric social worker.

Guerrero, a South Monterey County native, has been stationed at Greenfield to provide mental health services to community members for the past eight years.

“Guerrero is an exceptional asset to our team, working tirelessly hand-in-hand with our officers, responding to calls where individuals are in crisis,” said Greenfield Police Department on social media. “Her dedication and expertise bring compassion and understanding to the forefront of our mission.”

Maria Guerrero assists with a patient suffering from a mental health crisis. (Courtesy of Greenfield Police Department)

In addition to working with Behavioral Health, Greenfield officers receive crisis intervention training, ensuring that everyone “gets the help they need when they need it the most,” police said.

“Mental health IS REAL, and it matters just as much as physical health,” the department added. “We’re committed to acknowledging this, breaking the stigma, and providing the necessary resources to our community. If you or a loved one needs help, please don’t hesitate to reach out.”

Anyone in need of help can dial 2-1-1 or visit to get connected with a variety of services — from crisis support to healthcare and housing. For a life-threatening mental health crisis that needs an urgent response, call 9-1-1 and ask for a CIT (Crisis Intervention Trained) officer to respond.

“Remember, it’s OK to not be OK. You’re not alone,” police said.

Additional Crisis Intervention Support

  • Monterey County Behavioral Health Crisis Team: 1-888-258-6029 and follow prompt to speak with a Crisis Team Member
  • Mobile Response Team — For children and youth 21 and under: 831-687-4379
  • Suicide Prevention: 9-8-8
  • Crisis Text Support (24/7): Text “HOME” to 741-741
  • The Trevor Project Lifeline — Help for LGBTQ+ youth 24/7: 866-488-7386 or Text START to 678-678 
  • Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860 and
  • Teen Line: 800-852-8336 or Text “TEEN” to 839863
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-779-SAFE (7233) 
  • Local Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 831-372-6300 (bilingual)
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 (TALK), press “1” for Veterans
  • Monterey County Rape Crisis (24/7): 831-424-4357 or 375-4357
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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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