CBEM began in 2008 by Steve Westemeier, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. Steve spent more than 20 years working at behavioral agencies as well as crisis service programs. Steve’s experience in the behavioral arena gave him insight that was extremely useful in the crisis service system. Steve took his passion for individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities and mental health disorders and created CBEM.
Steve recognized a need for re-evaluating the system of crisis services and developed a new model of intervention to replace many of the conventional theories and models being used. Some of the issues were how to tackle complicated situations, such as working with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities and mental illness, as well as long-term (chronic) cases where independence was in jeopardy of being diminished because of an ever decreasing number of resources readily available.
It was at this time that Steve developed the core, essential elements for a crisis model, which became known as the “Critical Intervention Service model” based on the principle that crisis events are more than isolated incidents. Crisis incidents can be predicted, as well as avoided by identifying “pre-crisis” events. By adding into the model a round-the-clock component, with mobile, highly trained professional staff, with knowledge of both the developmentally disabled and mental health field, as well as a number of other vital pieces, CBEM’s “Critical Intervention Service model” was developed.
Today CBEM provides Critical Intervention Services throughout the state of California and partners with multiple Regional Centers.