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On March 18, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed Senate Bill 1302 into law, which designates a 988 call center and establ...
05/06/2021
Virginia Is First State to Pass 988 Service Fee Legislation - #CrisisTalk

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. Money from the 988 tax will go into the newly created Crisis Call Center Fund and be spent on the crisis system along the entire continuum of care, including the crisis call center, community care, mobile crisis teams, crisis stabilization centers, and the Marcus alert system. https://talk.crisisnow.com/virginia-is-first-state-to-pass-988-service-fee-legislation/

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.

Moki Macias and Kristin Schillig share how a deep dive into Atlanta’s 911 calls for service revealed the city’s need for...
04/27/2021
How an Atlanta 911 Study Resulted in a 311 Referral Line for Quality of Life Calls - #CrisisTalk

Moki Macias and Kristin Schillig share how a deep dive into Atlanta’s 911 calls for service revealed the city’s need for an integrated rapid response system for quality of life calls. That’s why the Policing Alternatives & Diversion Initiative (PAD) has partnered with 311, allowing residents to refer quality of life concerns like basic needs, behavioral health, disturbance, public health, public indecency, and welfare.

“We must acknowledge that not only is the local criminal justice system a place to detain and hide people experiencing mental health emergencies,” says Macias, “but also those who have a whole range of other needs related to poverty, housing, and healthcare.” https://talk.crisisnow.com/how-an-atlanta-911-study-resulted-in-a-311-referral-line-for-quality-of-life-calls/

Moki Macias and Kristin Schillig on how a deep dive into Atlanta’s 911 calls for service revealed the need for an integrated rapid response system for quality of life calls, resulting in the PAD 311 Community Referral Services.

When Bill O’Quin's son, David, experienced a mental health crisis, police officers took him to the East Baton Rouge Pari...
04/13/2021
Bill O’Quin’s Son Was in Mental Health Crisis: A Prison Restrained Him for Days - #CrisisTalk

When Bill O’Quin's son, David, experienced a mental health crisis, police officers took him to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Thirteen days later, David died. Prison staff had left him in a restraint chair for days, resulting in blood clots in the deep veins of his lower right leg. O’Quin shares how prison is a dangerous place for a person in psychosis and the diversion programs and services that could have saved his son’s life.

When Bill O’Quin's son, David, experienced a mental health crisis, police officers took him to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Thirteen days later, David died. Prison staff had left him for days in a restraint chair, resulting in blood clots in the deep veins of his lower right leg. O’Quin s...

Mobile crisis services are increasingly in the limelight. However, peeling back why they’re often left out of the very e...
04/06/2021
Preston Looper on How It’s Time to Standardize Mobile Crisis Services - #CrisisTalk

Mobile crisis services are increasingly in the limelight. However, peeling back why they’re often left out of the very emergency responses for which they’re suited reveals glaring gaps in protocols, availability, consistency, and funding. Preston Looper, M.S., LPC-S, founder of Full Tilt Strategies LLC, shares that “every mobile crisis provider is like a snowflake,” and why, with 988 on the horizon, now is the time to standardize the service.

“Every mobile crisis provider is like a snowflake,” says Preston Looper, because of gaps in protocols, availability, consistency, and funding. With 988 on the horizon, he points out that now is the time to standardize the service.

Michelle Edwards, Lived Experience Lead at GCMHSS, and Dr. Kathryn Turner, Clinical Director at GCMHSS, talk with Sue Mu...
03/31/2021
Tweaking Doesn’t Cut It to Change Practice in Crisis Care - #CrisisTalk

Michelle Edwards, Lived Experience Lead at GCMHSS, and Dr. Kathryn Turner, Clinical Director at GCMHSS, talk with Sue Murray about their publication “Gold Coast Crisis Reform: A Strategic Approach to Transforming Mental Health Crisis Care.” https://talk.crisisnow.com/tweaking-doesnt-cut-it-to-change-practice-in-crisis-care/ #mentalhealth

Michelle Edwards, Lived Experience Lead at Gold Coast Mental Health Specialist Services (GCMHSS), and Dr. Kathryn Turner, Clinical Director for GCMHSS, talk with #CrisisTalk about their publication “Gold Coast Crisis Reform: A Strategic Approach to Transforming Mental Health Crisis Care.”

The Georgia Crisis and Access Line or GCAL is a call center integrated into the local healthcare system with 24-hour mob...
03/23/2021
Georgia’s Crisis System Transformation and Lessons Learned in Anticipation of 988 - #CrisisTalk

The Georgia Crisis and Access Line or GCAL is a call center integrated into the local healthcare system with 24-hour mobile crisis response coverage within 100 miles of every community. It’s allowed the state to react quickly to Covid challenges and is a striking match for the vision of 988. Judy Fitzgerald, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, and Debbie Atkins, director of Crisis Coordination at DBHDD, share Georgia’s crisis system transformation and the lessons they’ve learned in anticipation of 988. https://talk.crisisnow.com/georgias-crisis-system-transformation-and-lessons-learned-in-anticipation-of-988/

Judy Fitzgerald, the commissioner of DBHDD, and Debbie Atkins, director of Crisis Coordination at DBHDD, share Georgia’s crisis system transformation and the lessons they’ve learned in anticipation of 988.

Ken Zimmerman is the founder and co-director of the Mental Health Strategic Impact Initiative (S2i). He says the interse...
03/16/2021
Ken Zimmerman Says the Moment Is Now for Mental Health Social Justice Reform - #CrisisTalk

Ken Zimmerman is the founder and co-director of the Mental Health Strategic Impact Initiative (S2i). He says the intersection between race, criminal justice, health inequities, and Americans’ increasing awareness of the pandemic’s associated challenges on day-to-day life has created an opportunity for mental health social justice reform that we must realize or lose.

Ken Zimmerman, S2i founder and co-director, says intersection between race, criminal justice, health inequities, and the pandemic has created an opportunity for social justice reform that we must realize or lose.

Suicidologist Jennifer Stuber, Ph.D., Forefront Su***de Prevention co-founder and University of Washington professor, he...
03/09/2021
Washington Was the First State to Drop 988 Legislation: Here’s How It’s Going - #CrisisTalk

Suicidologist Jennifer Stuber, Ph.D., Forefront Su***de Prevention co-founder and University of Washington professor, helped craft Washington state’s implementation legislation for 988. Washington was the first state to propose 988 legislation, the three-digit number for behavioral health emergencies that must be available nationwide on July 16, 2022.

In the bill, legislators propose Washington go beyond merely expanding the call center response to the accredited NSPL lines by building the state’s crisis system’s much-needed infrastructure. Dr. Stuber shares what the bill looks like, and the challenges she and others supporting the bill have faced along the way. #mentalhealth #988 #su***deprevention #behavioralhealth
https://talk.crisisnow.com/washington-was-the-first-state-to-drop-988-legislation-heres-how-its-going/

Suicidologist Jennifer Stuber, Ph.D., helped craft Washington state’s implementation legislation for 988. She shares what the bill looks like and the challenges she and others supporting the bill have faced along the way.

Situational factors have exacerbated mental ill-health during Covid lockdown, including relationship and family tensions...
03/02/2021
Mental Health Crisis Care Must Not Be a Blue Light Issue - #CrisisTalk

Situational factors have exacerbated mental ill-health during Covid lockdown, including relationship and family tensions, job losses, financial strain, and loss of education opportunities. Our international correspondent, Sue Murray, sits down with Dr. Karen Newbigging from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom to discuss whether the mental health workforce is prepared to meet the current and long-term spike in demand.

Sue Murray sits down with Dr. Karen Newbigging from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. to discuss whether the mental health workforce is prepared to meet the current and long-term spike in demand.

Former Washington Post reporter and best-selling author Pete Earley was introduced to the mental healthcare system when,...
02/23/2021
Author of "Crazy" Shares His Story of Navigating Virginia's Crisis System with His Son - #CrisisTalk

Former Washington Post reporter and best-selling author Pete Earley was introduced to the mental healthcare system when, in 2000, his son called him and said, “I can’t tell if I’m dreaming all the time or if I’m awake.” Earley shares their story of navigating the Virginia crisis system and of hope and recovery.

Former Washington Post reporter and best-selling author Pete Earley was introduced to the mental healthcare system when, in 2000, his son called him and said, “I can’t tell if I’m dreaming all the time or if I’m awake.”

Dr. Shinichi Tokuno, a bioelectronics professor at the University of Tokyo, has developed a smartphone health app that a...
02/20/2021
How Voice Analysis Technology Can Track the Psychological Impact of Covid - #CrisisTalk

Dr. Shinichi Tokuno, a bioelectronics professor at the University of Tokyo, has developed a smartphone health app that analyzes vocal cord vibration. He's using it to track the Covid pandemic's psychological impact in Tokyo. #utokyo https://talk.crisisnow.com/how-voice-analysis-technology-can-track-the-psychological-impact-of-covid/ #mentalhealth #HealthTech #healthapp #COVIDー19 PST株式会社 The University of Tokyo / UTokyo

Shinichi Tokuno has developed a smartphone health app that analyzes vocal cord vibration. He's using it to track the Covid pandemic's social impact.

As the Covid pandemic continues to ravage nations and we see spikes in behavioral health needs worldwide, it would be ph...
02/17/2021
How Voice Analysis Technology Can Track the Psychological Impact of Covid - #CrisisTalk

As the Covid pandemic continues to ravage nations and we see spikes in behavioral health needs worldwide, it would be phenomenal if call centers and providers alike could use voice analysis technology to track the disaster's social impact. Sound like a futuristic reality? Not in Japan. Shinichi Tokuno, a professor at the University of Tokyo, in collaboration with colleagues and the tech company PST Inc. (PST株式会社), has developed a smartphone health app that analyzes vocal cord vibration. It's called Mind Monitoring Systems. MIMOSYS for short. Tokuno is using it to track the pandemic's impact on app users in Japan. https://talk.crisisnow.com/how-voice-analysis-technology-can-track-the-psychological-impact-of-covid/ #mentalhealth #healthtechnology #VoiceAnalysis

Shinichi Tokuno has developed a smartphone health app that analyzes vocal cord vibration. He's using it to track the Covid pandemic's social impact.

As states across the US scramble to prepare for 988 (the nationwide number for #behavioralhealth emergencies), Kirsten B...
02/10/2021
How CMS Medicaid Initiatives Can Help States Fund 988 - #CrisisTalk

As states across the US scramble to prepare for 988 (the nationwide number for #behavioralhealth emergencies), Kirsten Beronio, JD, Policy and Regulatory Affairs director National Association for Behavioral Healthcare, says existing CMS initiatives could provide vital funding streams.

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 behav...

Dr. Hogan, Crisis Now co-founder and former New York #mentalhealth commissioner, breaks down SAMHSA’s Notice of Award an...
02/09/2021
Dr. Michael Hogan Discusses National Funding Released for Crisis Systems - #CrisisTalk

Dr. Hogan, Crisis Now co-founder and former New York #mentalhealth commissioner, breaks down SAMHSA’s Notice of Award and what the crisis services set aside could mean for states.

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...

Amid the global pandemic, Nikki Highsmith Vernick and Glenn E. Schneider of the Horizon Foundation, a health philanthrop...
02/02/2021
The Health Philanthropy That Set About to Change Behavioral Health Crisis Care in Maryland - #CrisisTalk

Amid the global pandemic, Nikki Highsmith Vernick and Glenn E. Schneider of the Horizon Foundation, a health philanthropy in Howard County, Maryland, received landmark news. The Greater Baltimore Regional Integrated Crisis System Partnership, an initiative the two helped develop, became the recipient of a $45 million five-year grant to strengthen behavioral health crisis care.

Nikki Highsmith Vernick and Glenn E. Schneider of the Horizon Foundation share how the philanthropy set out to change behavioral health crisis care in Maryland amidst spikes of hospital readmissions and psychiatric boarding. GBRICS, the Greater Baltimore Regional Integrated Crisis System Partnership...

Carlos Mackall, M.S, CAADC, LMSW, Vice President at RI International, gets his first dose of the Moderna vaccine at St. ...
01/30/2021

Carlos Mackall, M.S, CAADC, LMSW, Vice President at RI International, gets his first dose of the Moderna vaccine at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware. He says that as a behavioral healthcare leader and an African American man, he wants to share his experience with people on the fence about vaccination. “Historically, African American men have had a distrust for law enforcement, hospitals, and doctors,” says Mackall. “That’s because, for years, we’ve been violated by systems that are supposed to help us.” Many of his older relatives remain wary of the healthcare system, which worries him. There have been 431,882 deaths in the U.S. alone. “This virus is different and disproportionately affects African Americans,” he says. “After weighing all of my options and doing my research, I’ve decided to get the vaccine. I feel that if we plan to ever get back to some sort of normalcy, we will need this vaccine.” https://talk.crisisnow.com/behavioral-health-crisis-workers-get-covid-vaccine/

Have a #photo to share?
If you work in #mentalhealthcare #behavioralhealthcare and want to submit a photo of you getting the #vaccine, please send it to [email protected].

Carlos Mackall, M.S, CAADC, LMSW, Vice President at RI International, gets his first dose of the Moderna vaccine at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware. He says that as a behavioral healthcare leader and an African American man, he wants to share his experience with people on the fence about vaccination. “Historically, African American men have had a distrust for law enforcement, hospitals, and doctors,” says Mackall. “That’s because, for years, we’ve been violated by systems that are supposed to help us.” Many of his older relatives remain wary of the healthcare system, which worries him. There have been 431,882 deaths in the U.S. alone. “This virus is different and disproportionately affects African Americans,” he says. “After weighing all of my options and doing my research, I’ve decided to get the vaccine. I feel that if we plan to ever get back to some sort of normalcy, we will need this vaccine.” https://talk.crisisnow.com/behavioral-health-crisis-workers-get-covid-vaccine/

Have a #photo to share?
If you work in #mentalhealthcare #behavioralhealthcare and want to submit a photo of you getting the #vaccine, please send it to [email protected].

From the onset of the pandemic, Dr. Robert Roca, chair of the American Psychiatric Association Council on Geriatric Psyc...
01/28/2021

From the onset of the pandemic, Dr. Robert Roca, chair of the American Psychiatric Association Council on Geriatric Psychiatry, notes there’s been a tension between avoiding contagion and the need to mitigate the toxicity of isolation. His patients frequently share two common concerns: fear of the virus and distress from separation from family and friends. Many Americans, especially older adults, he says, must carefully assess the costs and benefits of their decisions. https://talk.crisisnow.com/dr-robert-roca-on-how-older-adults-are-faring-during-the-pandemic/

From the onset of the pandemic, Dr. Robert Roca, chair of the American Psychiatric Association Council on Geriatric Psychiatry, notes there’s been a tension between avoiding contagion and the need to mitigate the toxicity of isolation. His patients frequently share two common concerns: fear of the virus and distress from separation from family and friends. Many Americans, especially older adults, he says, must carefully assess the costs and benefits of their decisions. https://talk.crisisnow.com/dr-robert-roca-on-how-older-adults-are-faring-during-the-pandemic/

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