Increase the use of non-punitive and supportive crisis intervention services.
We must establish and invest in a comprehensive crisis response system—supporting state efforts to set up best practices for crisis intervention and stabilization—with trained professionals (e.g., mobile crisis units, peer supports, and respite centers) to safely and compassionately respond to people in crisis.
Priority 3 Calls to Action
Priority 3 is one of six strategic imperatives the National Response has identified to help transform mental health and suicide prevention nationwide in the wake of the pandemic and beyond. The related Priority 3 calls to action that follow were developed by the National Response Steering Committee in order to foster a comprehensive and impactful response to the significant mental health and suicide prevention needs associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
Crisis Response Messaging
The National Response collaborated with chief executives of the nation's leading mental health advocacy organizations and professional associations ("The CEO Huddle") to align advocacy messaging efforts around our shared commitment toward strengthening our crisis response system, especially in the context of 988.
Priority 3 Work Group
Priority 3 is one of six strategic imperatives the National Response has identified to help transform mental health and suicide prevention nationwide in the wake of the pandemic and beyond.
The co-leaders of the multi-sector Priority 3 Work Group are:
- Dr. Brian Hepburn, Executive Director, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
- Mx. Sam Brinton, Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs, The Trevor Project
Please visit this page often for progress updates and for information on how you can get involved.