On March 18, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed Senate Bill 1302 into law, which designates a 988 call center and establishes a crisis call center fund. It also provides a monthly telecom tax, making Virginia the first state to pass 988 service fee legislation.
Kirsten Beronio, JD, Policy and Regulatory Affairs director at the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare, says states can, at least in part, draw upon several existing CMS initiatives 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,
Last week, SAMHSA released a Notice of Award. Under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplement Appropriations Act, 2021, $35 million in federal funding per year has been added to the Mental Health Block Grant to support evidence-based crisis systems. Michael Hogan, Ph.D., Crisis Now
Trillium’s decision to increase Medicaid rates during a national emergency gives crisis service providers critical flexibility, allowing them to meet the growing needs of the community at a time when professional resources—as staff face their own challenges related to COVID-19—become strained.Trillium’s decision to increase Medicaid rates during a national emergency
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
Erica Chestnut-Ramirez says mobile crisis is person-centered and therapeutic and has a high stabilization rate. “That means we can keep people in the community, and they don’t have to go to higher level, higher-cost services.”
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