Helping residents understand where to find help when they are going through a crisis is a key priority for Florida behavioral health leaders. Industry leaders discussed Florida’s efforts to build a strong crisis system at the 2024 Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference in April. Melanie Brown-Woofter—president and CEO of the Florida Behavioral Health … Read more

Michigan is working to implement a sustainable crisis response system that provides access for everyone. Service providers discussed system progress at the 2024 Michigan State of Reform Health Policy Conference last month. Wendy Martinez Farmer, regional vice president of Account Management and Crisis Services at Carelon Behavioral Health, said the Substance Abuse and Mental Health … Read more

To expand access to community-based mental health and crisis care relating to substance use for Medi-Cal beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently approved coverage of mobile crisis intervention teams. Through these mobile teams, behavioral healthcare providers will be available 24/7 for Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are experiencing crises. Mobile crisis teams will … Read more

A new Washington lifeline that explicitly serves American Indian and Alaska Native callers is now available to help those in crisis.     The Native and Strong Lifeline, a new feature connected to the state’s 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, went live on Nov. 10th. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) hosted a press … Read more