Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. Hires New Executive Director
Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc (BCRI) is excited to announce the appointment of Mr. Johnathan Davis as its new Executive Director (ED). Mr. Davis will begin his position on August 1, 2021, assuming the leadership position from founding director Edgar Wiggins, who retired after 29 years of service on June 30, 2021. "Mr. Davis' extensive experience working as an executive director in the public behavioral health system and his policy and advocacy experience make him uniquely qualified to serve as the new ED of BCRI,” said Tom Marshall, BCRI Board President. “We are confident that he will be able to apply his leadership experience from DC and Atlanta to Baltimore City. His outstanding strategic planning, organizational skills, financial acumen, and experience in developing partnerships throughout the community will successfully move our organization forward.”
Mr. Davis will oversee BCRI, the city’s first and only comprehensive crisis service which provides the 24/7/365 Here2Help crisis hotline, mobile crisis teams, crisis residential unit, medical detoxification, outreach services, community in-home support and critical incident response teams, along with community and police education services. Through its long-standing partnership with the Baltimore city police, BCRI staff work with Baltimore City Police Department as part of their Crisis Response Team and with the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Project. Mr. Davis will be instrumental in implementing BCRI’s recent takeover of 911 calls for behavioral health emergencies, which will be diverted from police response to the Here 2 Help Hotline.
Marshall also noted that “Johnathan Davis joins BCRI with the experience, energy and commitment necessary to lead our organization in the upcoming Greater Baltimore Regional Integrated Crisis Services System (GBRICS), a transformative initiative led by the city’s mental health authority, intended to restructure regional behavioral health crisis response services. GBRICS presents BCRI with great opportunities to expand services to a larger client base.”
Mr. Davis comes to BCRI from the DC Government’s Department of Housing Services, where he was a Deputy Administrator. Previously, Johnathan served as ED for Covenant Community Inc. and Recovery Services of Atlanta, an organization committed to providing substance abuse treatment and mental illness support to homeless individuals.
BCRI is a private, non-profit organization with a proven track record of providing effective community-based behavioral health crisis response services to the residents of Baltimore City in the least restrictive environment. Since 1992, BCRI has responded to individuals in mental health and addiction crisis regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status.