Crisis Now

In 2018, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) launched

After reviewing approaches to crisis care across the United States, the Crisis Services Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) believes now is the time for crisis care to change. The Task Force, established to advance objective 8.2 of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP), comprises many experts, including leaders who have built and operate many of the most acclaimed crisis programs in the nation.

After reviewing the literature and model programs, these leaders built the Crisis Now report to suggest what can be done, galvanize interest, and provide a road map for change. Our comprehensive review finds that now is the time for crisis services to expand because of a confluence of factors and forces, including:

  • Crisis care often being the preferred and most efficient care for people in crisis
  • The absence of core elements of successful crisis care in many communities
  • Mental health reform proposals that are on the table but fail to seize the opportunity to improve crisis care
  • Mental health parity legislation and coverage expansion

Download the Transforming Services document here.