City Paper is not for tourists
The inauguration will mean one thing: people will be getting pissed off, freaked out, and cranky. Huge crowds—any crowds—are going to produce some difficult moments. Or worse. Who knows? On Inauguration Day, the D.C.’s Department of Mental Health will have a presence at various Department of Health Aid Stations.
The stations will be parked along the parade route, at Union Station and at RFK Stadium. Not sure why RFK. Maybe that’s where the buses will be idling. The spots along the parade route or near the parade route include one at L’Enfant Plaza, two on the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue, and two on the north side of Pennsylvania Avenue.
“The teams will provide emergency care to people who are experiencing a crisis who need stabilization and will transport involuntarily to [be evaluated] if necessary. The teams also will do screenings and/or referrals,” writes Phyllis Jones, DMH’s spokesperson in an e-mail.
It is possible, Jones says, that team members will be out roving the crowds checking for people who are in distress. They aren’t just going to wait for you to visit one of its tents.
Also, the mobile crisis response teams will be taking calls. Starting January 17, they will have five teams of two staffers working from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.