It was a Monday night when a devastating tornado—an EF5 on the Fujita Tornado Scale—tore through Oklahoma on May 3, 1999. Four-year-old Cara was among the 44 people who died. To process her despair, Cara’s mother, Anitra Warrior, sought out therapy. “I was struggling immensely,” she says. Therapy, though, wasn’t
With a state license number that reads #0000001, the Bridge Center for Hope, a campus of connection for behavioral health crisis services opened its doors for the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish in February 2021. The first of its kind in Louisiana, this facility encompasses 4 units and a
In the City of Austin, when a person dials 911, the call taker asks, “Are you calling for police, fire, EMS, or mental health services?” Adding mental health as an option is groundbreaking and allows people in the community to identify whether a psychiatric concern precipitated the call or is
It’s November 22, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio. A man at a park dials 911 and tells call taker Constance Hollinger, “There’s a guy with a pistol.” “It’s probably fake, but he’s pointing it at everybody.” He says the person is on a swing just outside the Cudell Recreation Center and
Since the start of the Covid pandemic, we’ve heard mental health experts frequently discuss their concerns over isolation and the implication it might have on people’s wellbeing. In a rural state like Montana—a sprawling state defined by rolling grasslands, mountain ranges, low valleys, and water flows—the pandemic compounded an already
In March 2020, Cooper Yacks, an eighth-grader at The County School in Maryland, was excited for his first day of online school. He went to all of his classes, but by bedtime, he hadn’t finished his homework. “I decided, ‘I’ll do it tomorrow morning,’” he says. The following day, he
On March 18, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed Senate Bill 1302 into law, which designates a 988 call center and establishes a crisis call center fund. It also provides a monthly telecom tax, making Virginia the first state to pass 988 service fee legislation.
Heather Norton, MSW, assistant commissioner at the
Like many communities across the nation, Fulton County in Georgia is working to build a public safety infrastructure that links people in need to community providers and services without criminal justice involvement.
Moki Macias is the executive director at the Policing Alternatives and Diversion Initiative (PAD), which started as a pre-arrest
On March 4, Utah’s legislature passed its 988 Mental Health Crisis Assistance bill. A week later, Gov. Spencer Cox signed it into law. State Sen. Daniel Thatcher says it took seven years to get to this point.
It actually started a year before Thatcher’s first three-digit bill—when in 2013, he received a
On February 13, 2013, Bill O’Quin couldn’t find his 41-year-old son, David. He’d sometimes disappear for a day or two, but on the third day of his absence, O’Quin started calling local hospitals and precincts. None had a patient or inmate named David O’Quin. A jail in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,