Today we sit down with the team responsible for helping redesign crisis services in Montana. They share the challenges they’ve faced with the pandemic, overcoming vast distances of rural land, and innovations that are paving the way for change, including mobile crisis services and a brand new Lifeline member call
Stuart Gordon, J.D. says it’s time that mental health move upstream, allowing people to get the services they need far earlier. “What we are experiencing in mental health is like the parable of babies in the river. We focus on pulling babies out of the river, but no one 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.
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