Judy Fitzgerald, the commissioner of DBHDD, and Debbie Atkins, director of Crisis Coordination at DBHDD, share Georgia’s crisis system transformation and the lessons they’ve learned in anticipation of 988.
Former Washington Post reporter and best-selling author Pete Earley was introduced to the mental healthcare system when, in 2000, his son called him and said, “I can’t tell if I’m dreaming all the time or if I’m awake.”
Data scientists Prof. Martin Connor and Dr. Christopher Ogg are using real-time data to eliminate long wait times, bottlenecks, and service delays in crisis care. The end-game, says Connor, “is to see the entire system.”
When in a psychiatric crisis, who a person of color encounters matters, says Victor Armstrong. He hopes change is on the horizon with 988 but notes it must coincide with advancing crisis care. Otherwise, telling people not to call 911 without an adequate solution leaves people in crisis and their
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