Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) of North King County
Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) of North King County is the non-emergency follow-up team after a citizen calls 911. Based out of Station 63 in Shoreline, we also serve the citizens of Northshore, Bothell and Woodinville. MIH is a three person team, two clinical social workers and a firefighter/EMT. Our model provides the fire departments with additional resources to address the increasingly complicated medical and psychosocial situations faced in the community.
How the Service Works
Fire departments often respond to incidents where additional needs are identified, but fall outside of a firefighter’s traditional scope of responsibility. With the MIH program, firefighters can make a referral and know that the MIH team will outreach and work to address the citizen’s needs. Our motto is to provide the right intervention at the right time (with a friendly face and kind demeanor). We work with citizens to clarify and accomplish their goals. Examples of what we do:
- Establish or re-establish primary care
- Fall Prevention Services
- Home Health Services
- Mental health and substance use/dependence support
- Caregiver support
- Connection to senior services
- Assistance with transition from hospital to home
- Linkage to any resources that enhances a citizen’s quality of life
The MIH program has allowed fire departments to provide meaningful intervention and truly impact a patient’s wellbeing outside of the 911 emergency system.