Nationwide, cities and counties are developing 911 call matrixes to triage behavioral health calls. Austin, Harris County, Los Angeles County, and Tucson are among them. Behavioral health and law enforcement experts in those communities say it has been vital for providing standardization and diverting the vast majority of mental health
There’s a fundamental change underway, where accessible, therapeutic, and community-based response to behavioral health crises is gaining recognition as a distinct and essential community service. No longer satisfied with choosing between criminalization and medicalization, nationwide, there’s momentum to define behavioral health crisis response on its own terms. On July 16,
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.
Heather Norton, MSW, assistant commissioner at the
Until 2008, Virginia had one of the most restrictive civil commitment clauses in the nation, tangling families in a web of exclusion and insufficient access to care. No one knows that better than journalist Pete Earley, author of “Crazy,” whose son, Kevin, was stuck in a cycle of crisis and
Many people experiencing mental health crises in Virginia find themselves in the back of police vehicles, driven to the nearest hospital, which is sometimes hours away. In 2018, there were 25,000 involuntary detentions and police transported 99 percent of them. This will soon change as the Virginia Department of Behavioral