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Psychologist Stephanie Woodard, senior advisor on behavioral health at Nevada DHHS, says the coronavirus pandemic's impa...
11/17/2020
Dr. Stephanie Woodard on How COVID-19 is an Opportunity for a Public Health Approach to Mental Health Crisis Prevention and Intervention - #CrisisTalk

Psychologist Stephanie Woodard, senior advisor on behavioral health at Nevada DHHS, says the coronavirus pandemic's impact has been profound. However, the negatives have also come with increased compassion and mental health understanding among Nevadans and FEMA funding, allowing the state to strengthen its public health caring communities approach.

Psychologist Stephanie Woodard, senior advisor on behavioral health at Nevada DHHS, says the coronavirus pandemic's impact has been profound. However, the negatives have also come with increased compassion and mental health understanding among Nevadans and FEMA funding, allowing the state to strengt...

The place to start preparing for 988, says Dr. Goldman, is with the community. Having a community-oriented process that ...
11/11/2020

The place to start preparing for 988, says Dr. Goldman, is with the community. Having a community-oriented process that engages people of color and other marginalized populations is implementation 101, but he notes it’s the most often forgotten element. “People in the community who are marginalized need to be a part of building the foundation of this new system,” he says, “so they don’t continue to be sidelined and harmed by the very systems that are supposed to help them.” https://talk.crisisnow.com/dr-matthew-l-goldman-says-if-not-implemented-properly-988-is-no-more-than-rebranding/

Matthew L. Goldman, M.D., M.S., says communities need to buckle down now to ensure that 988, the three-digit number the ...
11/10/2020
Dr. Matthew L. Goldman Says if Not Implemented Properly, 988 Is No More Than Rebranding - #CrisisTalk

Matthew L. Goldman, M.D., M.S., 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 launches nationwide in July 2022. What can transform 988 into a robust tool for advancing crisis systems, he says, is implementation, funding, coordination, clinical best practices, and research and evaluation. “Otherwise, 988 will be only a rebranding of 1-800-273-TALK, the number to the SAMHSA-funded National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.”

Dr. Matthew L. Goldman says what can transform 988 into a robust tool for advancing crisis systems is implementation, funding, coordination, clinical best practices, and research and evaluation. “Otherwise,” notes Dr. Goldman, “988 will be only a rebranding of 1-800-273-TALK, the number to the...

Today, Dr. Michael Allen talks with #CrisisTalk about the new CMS payment model ET3—Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transpo...
11/03/2020
Dr. Michael Allen on How ET3 Will Allow Earlier Diversion of People In Mental Health Crisis - #CrisisTalk

Today, Dr. Michael Allen talks with #CrisisTalk about the new CMS payment model ET3—Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport, which allows for earlier diversion of people in mental health crisis. Under the new payment model, ambulance services can divert lower-acuity medical cases and psychiatric crises to facilities that better match the person’s needs instead of defaulting to the hospital emergency department. https://talk.crisisnow.com/dr-michael-allen-on-how-et3-will-allow-earlier-diversion-of-people-in-mental-health-crisis/

Today, Dr. Michael Allen talks with #CrisisTalk about the new CMS payment model ET3—Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport, which allows for earlier diversion of people in mental health crisis. Under the new payment model, ambulance services can divert lower-acuity medical cases and psychiatric cr...

Dr. Pinals says that it matters how a crisis call comes in and who comes to the scene. The 911 dispatcher makes decision...
10/29/2020

Dr. Pinals says that it matters how a crisis call comes in and who comes to the scene. The 911 dispatcher makes decisions based on the information they’re getting from the caller; then, they funnel it and triage. As a forensic expert with vast experience in retrospective analysis, Dr. Pinals has examined numerous police reports and interviewed officers to determine what happened on calls involving an individual with mental illness. At present, if someone calls 911 and is experiencing chest pains, the dispatcher will send out an ambulance. In many communities, if someone is suicidal, police are invoked. Dr. Pinals notes that it’s also possible a mobile crisis team might be called, but that depends on how the call is triaged and what resources and services exist in that community. She hopes that 988 will be a game-changer, increasing people’s access to the help they need and decreasing interactions—and the associated risks that can come along with those interactions—that they don’t.

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Today, we talk with Debra A. Pinals, M.D., about the #ElijahMcClain case and the controversial excited delirium syndrome...
10/27/2020
Elijah McClain Case Sheds Light on Controversial Excited Delirium Diagnosis & Use of Ketamine During Arrests - #CrisisTalk

Today, we talk with Debra A. Pinals, M.D., about the #ElijahMcClain case and the controversial excited delirium syndrome diagnosis, and the disparity of its use on Black men. https://talk.crisisnow.com/elijah-mcclain-case-sheds-light-on-controversial-excited-delirium-diagnosis-use-of-ketamine-during-arrests/ #crisisresponse #disparity

Today, we talk to Debra A. Pinals, M.D., about the Elijah McClain case and the controversial excited delirium syndrome diagnosis. The latter has recently caught the attention of the mainstream population and the medical field alike because of the application of ketamine by paramedics as a chemical r...

Rochelle Head-Dunham, M.D., executive and medical director for the Metropolitan Human Services District in New Orleans, ...
10/21/2020
Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham Says COVID-19 Has Made Racial Disparities Impossible to Deny - #CrisisTalk

Rochelle Head-Dunham, M.D., executive and medical director for the Metropolitan Human Services District in New Orleans, says we’ve reached a point in American history where the collision of a viral pandemic and systemic racism has unveiled unequivocal racial disparities. Unlike COVID-19, racism, and how it infects all systems, is far from novel, she says, but Americans are finally acknowledging racial inequality in a way that translates to anti-racism.

“It’s not enough to not be racist; that’s a stagnant state that doesn’t produce change,” says Dr. Head-Dunham. “Contrarily, being declaratively antiracist propels action.” The latter focuses on accountability and a conscious effort to dismantle racism.

Early on, the pandemic revealed that COVID-19 disproportionately affects communities of color. Newer information has solidified the finding, with Black, Latino, and American Indian people getting sick and dying at higher rates than their White peers.

Deaths and cases among these marginalized populations surpass the percentage they make up of the United States population. According to The COVID Tracking Project dashboard at The Atlantic—updated twice a week—Black and Latino people each make up 21% of COVID-19 deaths even though they’re 12.3% and 17.8% of the population, respectively. They’re dying at 2.3 and 1.5 times the rate of their White counterparts. https://talk.crisisnow.com/dr-rochelle-head-dunham-says-covid-19-has-made-racial-disparities-impossible-to-deny/
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Dr. Head-Dunham says racism in America has been like a kettle percolating, just waiting for the right amount of heat to blow the top off. The pandemic’s timing, racial disparities in COVID-19 cases and deaths, the political climate, and the murder of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officer...

CW Tillman has a 1 ½ inch semicolon tattooed on his wrist. Unless he wears a long sleeve shirt, it’s visible. People who...
10/15/2020
CW Tillman on the ADA and the Invisibility of Mental Health - #CrisisTalk

CW Tillman has a 1 ½ inch semicolon tattooed on his wrist. Unless he wears a long sleeve shirt, it’s visible. People who’ve had a suicide attempt know what the symbol means—an attempt can be a pause in a person’s story, but it’s not the end of the sentence. He says it sparks dialogue and solidarity.

Tillman, who has worked in mental health and disability rights, says mental health advocacy lags decades behind. He points to the hiddenness of psychiatric challenges as to why because it makes protests less visually impactful and precludes adequate protection under the ADA. To get to this part of the conversation, he says, it’s important to first look back at the civil rights disability movement and how the ADA came to be... https://talk.crisisnow.com/cw-tillman-on-the-ada-and-the-invisibility-of-mental-health/
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CW Tillman, who has worked in mental health and disability rights, says mental health advocacy lags decades behind. He talks about the civil rights disability movement and its role in the Americans with Disabilities Act. He also discusses the ADA’s vague language, which has left the term "disabili...

“Can you hear that? There are helicopters above me.” The background noise to my interview with Leora Wolf-Prusan, EdD, w...
10/01/2020

“Can you hear that? There are helicopters above me.” The background noise to my interview with Leora Wolf-Prusan, EdD, was the whir of helicopters flying low to the ground in Los Angeles, their blades producing a constant chuff-chuff sound. We proceeded the best we could as she talked about a newly released SAMHSA Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) guide on school mental health crisis leadership lessons. It’s a project she and her team had been working on before COVID-19, but the pandemic has made the need for guidance even more critical. Wolf-Prusan wears many hats; not only is she the school mental health lead for the Pacific Southwest MHTTC, she’s also the project director for School Crisis Recovery & Renewal Project, a new national NCTSN TA Center, and is a trainer, facilitator, and more at the Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS). When asked how, as an educator, she found herself focusing on school mental health crisis, she shared that it started with her graduate school thesis, examining the impact of student death on teachers. It was then that she realized, “grief is the gateway conversation to crisis.” https://talk.crisisnow.com/leora-wolf-prusan-edd-on-school-mental-health-crisis-leadership-during-disasters/

As helicopters hover above her to put out a nearby fire, Leora Wolf-Prusan, EdD, of the Center for Applied Research Solu...
09/30/2020
Leora Wolf-Prusan, EdD, on School Mental Health Crisis Leadership During Disasters - #CrisisTalk

As helicopters hover above her to put out a nearby fire, Leora Wolf-Prusan, EdD, of the Center for Applied Research Solutions - CARS, chats with
Stephanie Hepburn on school leadership's role during and after a crisis. She shares learnings from numerous disasters, including the Paradise Camp Fire and school mass shootings, that can inform school leadership during COVID-19. Wolf-Prusan points out that school mental health leadership is not just in the hands of school psychologists, counselors, and trained professionals but also principals, teachers, and students. “It takes teamwork and centering the dialogue on what steps foster a robust school mental health program and policy approach but place them in the context of crisis.” https://talk.crisisnow.com/leora-wolf-prusan-edd-on-school-mental-health-crisis-leadership-during-disasters/

As helicopters hover above her to put out a nearby fire, Leora Wolf-Prusan, EdD, of the Center for Applied Research Solutions, shares insights on school leadership's role during and after a crisis. She talks about lessons learned from numerous disasters such as the Paradise Camp Fire and school mass...

Three years ago, Angela Kimball, national director of advocacy and public policy at NAMI, witnessed her thirty-year-old ...
09/22/2020
Angela Kimball of NAMI on the Importance of Family in Crisis and Recovery - #CrisisTalk

Three years ago, Angela Kimball, national director of advocacy and public policy at NAMI, witnessed her thirty-year-old son experience a psychotic break. She shares the system challenges she faced trying to help him and the crisis care loop she and her son ended up stuck in.

Three years ago, Angela Kimball, national director of advocacy and public policy at NAMI, witnessed her thirty-year-old son experience a psychotic break. She shares the system challenges she faced trying to help him and the crisis care loop she and her son ended up stuck in.

Today, Dr. Charles Browning sits down to talk with Sheree Lowe, vice-president of behavioral health at the California Ho...
09/15/2020
Relying on Hospital EDs for Psychiatric Care… How This Approach Disenfranchises Individuals in Crisis - #CrisisTalk

Today, Dr. Charles Browning sits down to talk with Sheree Lowe, vice-president of behavioral health at the California Hospital Association. Lowe highlights that because California lacks 24/7 mental health emergency services, it forces people into a choke point of emergency departments during the involuntary care commitment process. She shares with Dr. Browning her desire to increase coordination and partnership among all crisis care partners to improve consumer service and minimize the crisis system's deficiencies.

Today, Dr. Charles Browning sits down to talk with Sheree Lowe, vice-president of behavioral health at the California Hospital Association. Lowe highlights that because California lacks 24/7 mental health emergency services, it forces people into a choke point of emergency departments during the inv...

Colleen Carr—director of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention at the Education Development Center—says th...
09/08/2020
Colleen Carr Says the COVID-19 Story is Still Being Written - #CrisisTalk

Colleen Carr—director of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention at the Education Development Center—says the pandemic has resulted in a collective experience among Americans, which has fostered a vital culture shift in talking about mental health, substance use, and suicide. Suddenly, for the first time, many people are experiencing mental health challenges and realize that where they are on the wellness continuum can alter rapidly “based on what’s happening in the world, the culture in which we are living, social context, or environmental factors.” Carr shares how this change in mindset can be an opportunity for progress and empowerment.

Colleen Carr—director of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention at the EDC—says the pandemic has resulted in a collective experience among Americans, which has fostered a vital culture shift in talking about mental health, substance use, and suicide. Suddenly, for the first time, ma...

Rachel Bowes, head of crisis services and quality at Lifeline Australia, says the COVID-19 pandemic came on the heels of...
09/01/2020
Rachel Bowes of Lifeline Australia Talks About How the Pandemic is Shaping Mental Health - #CrisisTalk

Rachel Bowes, head of crisis services and quality at
Lifeline Australia, says the COVID-19 pandemic came on the heels of devastating bushfires and has resulted in closed state borders, the biggest budget deficit since the end of the Second World War, and opportunities for growth...

Throughout the bushfires and pandemic, there’s a common thread of concern among young Lifeline callers. People aged 30 and below express fears around not knowing how long the pandemic will go on, have a general sense of lack of control, and wonder what normal will one day look like. They are distressed, says Bowes, about the state of the world. Young callers have reached out to Lifeline to work through anxiety, uncertainty, dependency, and disempowerment they’ve felt during the fires and COVID-19. Climate catastrophes and global pandemics, says Bowes, are tangible examples of what youth will inherit in adulthood. In environmental movements, young people are often at the helm. “Yet, they are unable to profoundly influence Australian policy and decision making. They wonder if life will ever be the same again and if this is what the future holds: bushfires and pandemics.”

Rachel Bowes, head of crisis services and quality at Lifeline Australia, says the COVID-19 pandemic came on the heels of devastating bushfires and has resulted in closed state borders, the biggest budget deficit since the end of the Second World War, and opportunities for growth.

How COVID-19 is impacting communities: Kevin Fisher, executive director for NAMI Michigan, told The Detroit News that me...
08/28/2020
Michigan is Experiencing a Surge in Mental Health Demands - #CrisisTalk

How COVID-19 is impacting communities: Kevin Fisher, executive director for NAMI Michigan, told The Detroit News that mental health providers in the state are starting to see the effects. It’s resulted in a surge in mental health demands, with calls to the state’s crisis lines up 80%. The problem for Michiganders, he noted, is disparate access to crisis care. https://talk.crisisnow.com/michigan-is-experiencing-a-surge-in-mental-health-demands/

How COVID-19 is impacting communities: Kevin Fisher, executive director for NAMI Michigan, told The Detroit News that mental health providers in the state are starting to see the effects. It’s resulted in a surge in mental health demands, with calls to the state’s crisis lines up 80%. The proble...

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