With 988 going “live” on July 16, there's been much discussion on capacity and funding. Behavioral health leaders have pointed out that supporting a robust crisis system will take a braided approach, including federal grants and sustainability through state telecom fees, Medicaid, Medicare, and private commercial insurers. However, while 988
Last week, Crisis Now partners and leaders from around the world released the Washington DC International Declaration, which calls for comprehensive and integrated networks as the first defense for mental health crises. In most nations, there’s unrelenting inequity in access to care for people experiencing mental health emergencies compared to
On Friday, President Trump signed a $2 trillion stimulus package into law, including $425 million toward behavioral healthcare. As reported by NASMHPD in its weekly update, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), designed to boost the U.S. economy hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, includes $425
Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use at SAMHSA, says that the report “finally offers our communities true National Guidelines for Crisis Care within a user-friendly Best Practice Toolkit.”
Christine Vestal, a staff writer for Stateline, takes a deep dive comparing what people in behavioral health crises in Maricopa County, Arizona, experience compared to the rest of the United States. With Arizona pioneering a different way, what states are also noticing is that fostering a robust crisis continuum is
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.