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Best Practices for 988

February 7, 2022
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The nationwide 988 crisis care system goes live on July 16, 2022. This new emergency number is solely dedicated to anyone experiencing a behavioral health crisis, regardless of severity. 988 is designed to take the strain off the current 911 call system, reduce the reliance on law enforcement and lower emergency room visits while providing compassionate care for those in crisis. To realize the fundamental objectives of 988, the system will have to be more than a number. It will need to be a properly funded and coordinated eco-system of trained mental health professionals coupled with state-of-the-art resources providing a multi-touch experience that facilitates follow-up care. Consistency across counties and states will also contribute to its success. The National Alliance…

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988- The Right Call

January 19, 2022
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On July 16th of this year, the new 988 crisis care system will go live, marking the first ever nationwide number dedicated to mental health issues. Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 988 will serve everyone regardless of insurance status. The implementation of 988 is a major step forward in our country’s emerging response to the need for improved resources when it comes to public mental health. This comes as a major relief to the two primary groups involved when a 911 call is made to address a mental health crisis: the person in crisis and law enforcement. For individuals in crisis, it’s the right response. Historically, calling 911 has been the only option for individuals experiencing…

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