CEO Alliance for Mental Health Launches Campaign to Drive 988 Crisis Hotline Preparedness

The CEO Alliance for Mental Health is an unprecedented collaboration of chief executives from 15 of the nation’s leading mental health, addiction and well-being advocacy groups, funders and professional organizations who have come together to advance a unified vision for qualitative transformation of mental health and substance use care in the U.S.

Founded in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in response to an intensifying mental health crisis, this leadership grouping coalesced to advance a consensus perspective on policy, programs, standards and resources that:

1) prioritize mental health and substance use care; and

2) address the social and economic determinants of mental health that disproportionately impact people of color and lower income communities.

With the support of nearly 50 additional organizations and institutions that have signed onto the Unified Vision statement, we offer federal, state and city officials a critical blueprint for systemic reform and a solution to the current mental health crisis affecting half of all Americans.

View the latest tools and resources from the CEO Alliance for Mental Health offering state and local leaders recommendations for the creation of a comprehensive crisis response system and more.

 A Consensus Approach and Recommendations for the Creation of a Comprehensive Crisis Response System, offers federal and state policymakers a tried-and-tested, evidence-based toolkit for implementing a full continuum of mental health and substance use care in conjunction with the federally mandated 988 crisis hotline for mental health emergencies which will be operational in July 2022.

The 988 social media campaign directs state and municipal elected officials, civic leaders, policymakers and advocates to its roadmap, A Consensus Approach and Recommendations for the Creation of a Comprehensive Crisis Response System. It offers leadership at every level of government an evidence-based toolkit for designing and implementing a full continuum of mental health and substance use care.

This 988 one-pager developed by the Kennedy Forum is based on recommendations from the nation’s leading mental health advocacy organizations and professional associations. This one-page reflects alignment with the Unified Vision for the Future of Mental Health, Addiction, and Well-Being in the United States. To access more 988 resources, please visit www.TheKennedyForum.org/988Toolkit

Every year, millions of mental health or suicidal crisis calls are made to 911 and local crisis lines. But unfortunately, when in-person help is needed, law enforcement — not a mental health professional — is often the only response available. It doesn’t have to be this way.

People in mental health or suicidal crisis deserve a compassionate and effective response. To #ReimagineCrisis, our response needs three main parts: 24/7 local crisis call centers, mobile crisis teams, and crisis stabilization options.

Learn more and find out how you can take action. View these tools and resources from NAMI

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