Mental health advocates seek crisis hotline expansion resources | #education | #technology | #training

Advocates also are pushing for broader suicide prevention legislation, such as a bipartisan bill to establish standards for the crisis continuum of care, or behavioral health resources during and after a crisis to prevent the problem from escalating.

The bill, by Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, would broaden access to crisis care and require all federally regulated health plans to cover behavioral health crisis services by making it an essential health benefit.

While mental health is generally covered, most health plans offer limited or no coverage of crisis intervention services like 23-hour stabilization, short-term residential care and behavioral health urgent care facilities. 

“One of the things that our organization is very concerned about is how do we make sure that this crisis system is connected to the rest of the service continuum so that people just don’t keep having crisis after crisis, so that they could actually get some ongoing support,” said Ingoglia.

988 is not yet active, so if you or someone you know is facing a suicidal crisis, please call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) to be connected to a trained counselor. 

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