In Maryland, the Health Services Cost Review Commission, an independent state agency, plays a vital role in health reform innovation and implementation. The agency regulates the quality and costs of hospital services. “Ultimately, our goal is to ensure everyone in the state has equitable access to high-quality hospital care,” says
Mobile crisis services are increasingly in the limelight. Since the onset of the Covid pandemic, telehealth and mobile crisis teams have allowed for much-needed flexibility in care amidst lockdowns and physical distancing requirements. Simultaneously, a cultural push for reimagining public safety has resulted in communities demanding a clear pathway for
Too often, mental health crisis care is a blue light issue….
“Get in; sort it out; it’s done and then go.”
COVID-19 is not going away. While Australia basks in being one of the world leaders in controlling the spread of the virus another island nation, the United Kingdom, and its European
States across the nation are scrambling to develop or strengthen their crisis care systems before 988—the nationwide three-digit number for behavioral health emergencies—becomes a reality on July 16, 2022. Kirsten Beronio, JD, Policy and Regulatory Affairs director at the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare, says states can, at least in
For the first time, federal funding will go to all 50 states to support development of mental health crisis systems. The funding, about $35M annually, was added to the Mental Health Block Grant, which is distributed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to all states via
Matthew L. Goldman, M.D., M.S., medical director of Comprehensive Crisis Services at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, says communities need to buckle down now to ensure that 988, the three-digit number the FCC designated to mirror 911 for mental health and suicide crises, fulfills its potential when it
In the early 1990s, New Hampshire was rated number one in the country for community mental health programs. Peggy Straw, the founder of NAMI New Hampshire, responded by saying to the press that wasn’t much of an accomplishment, considering the status of mental healthcare in the United States at the
As communities struggle with COVID-19 and increasingly respond to emergency rules, Major Sam Cochran (ret.), co-chair of CIT International’s Board of Directors, said leaders must support and keep open essential mental health crisis services. He shared with #CrisisTalk that without them, the default mental healthcare provider and law enforcement drop
Rhitu Chatterjee of NPR discussed the FCC proposed 3-digit number 988 with mental and behavioral health crisis experts Madelyn Gould, David Covington, and Allie Franklin.