David W. Covington, LPC, MBA, RI International CEO & President, responded to the policy debate in the January issue of Psychiatric Services on Medicaid’s IMD exclusion rule with a letter to the editor. He writes that he supports an IMD waiver as a transitional step to help communities evolve a
Nick Margiotta, president of Crisis System Solutions and retired Phoenix police officer, says law enforcement are critical stakeholders in behavioral health crisis services.
Letter to the Editor | Becky Stoll says we need a dedicated N11 solely for mental health and suicide crisis. Adding this responsibility to either 211 or 911 would create confusion, unnecessary delays, and inadequate response during people’s most challenging moments. It would also hinder public messaging.
Misha Kessler said when he experienced a mental health crisis, his therapist, his lifeline, was suddenly entirely inaccessible. In this interview, Kessler talks about the challenges students face getting the help and support they need on campus and highlights the danger of universities that reinforce mental health stigma by choosing
The murder of Kitty Genovese in Queens, New York, in 1964 sparked outrage and was one of the driving forces behind the 911 emergency call system people know and depend on today. It wasn’t the murder itself that left people incensed but that 38 people witnessed Winston Moseley kill Genovese
Dr. Brian Hepburn, executive director of NASMHPD, says crisis services divert people experiencing mental health crises from the Emergency Department and jails. It matches behavioral health care to the acuity people are experiencing, but funding remains nearly entirely public, hindering much-needed growth.
Many people experiencing mental health crises in Virginia find themselves in the back of police vehicles, driven to the nearest hospital, which is sometimes hours away. In 2018, there were 25,000 involuntary detentions and police transported 99 percent of them. This will soon change as the Virginia Department of Behavioral
Sandra Schneider, MD, FACEP, a past President of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), says current day emergency mental health is reminiscent of the 1950s Emergency Department. A throwback, she says, in dire need of an upgrade.