“The Psychiatric Emergency Response Team Overview”
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About Marla Kingkade:
Marla Kingkade has worked within the law enforcement and mental health
communities in San Diego County for thirty-four years. Marla developed several
programs for law enforcement jurisdictions involving mental health issues,
including juvenile diversion programs for the El Cajon Police Department, the La
Mesa Police Department and the San Diego Police Department. In addition,
Marla implemented the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) for San
Diego County law enforcement agencies.
Marla Kingkade, with the help and support of many community partners,
implemented the PERT program in 1996 for the San Diego Police Department.
In 1998, the PERT program became county-wide involving several law
enforcement jurisdictions, including the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
and eleven additional law enforcement agencies. In 2001, Marla went to La Mesa
Police Department as the Public Relations and Juvenile Diversion Officer but
continued to support and to advise the PERT program on an as-needed basis. In
2007, Marla was asked to return to the PERT full time to help coordinate the
expansion of the PERT program. Currently, CRF/PERT contracts with thirteen
law enforcement jurisdictions within San Diego County and assigns clinicians at
twenty-five separate law enforcement locations. Marla also coordinates the
development and distribution of training materials for law enforcement personnel
In 2012, Marla joined the Board of Directors of Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOSL).
She works with San Diego County law enforcement to distribute information and
resources about the SOSL program. In 2013, Marla joined the Board of the
California Crisis Intervention Training Association (CACITA) and is currently
serving as the President of the CACITA Board of Directors.
Marla has recently been selected to facilitate the Meth Strike Force and the
Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force.
Marla and her husband Steve, a law enforcement officer for 33 years, have been
married for twenty-five years. They have twin daughters, Laura (24) and Nicole