Rising Practices & Policies in the Workforce 2022 Series, Learning Summary from Session 1, "Launching 988: What Do We Need to Know and How Might It Go?"



Launching 988: What Do We Need to Know and How Might It Go?

In May of 2022, MHTTC's Region 9 convened mental health crisis system professionals to learn how our region was preparing for the July 2022 launch of 988, the new front-facing number for suicide prevention and mental health crisis response. This new system operates through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifelines, a network of 200 locally operated and funded crisis centers in the U.S. The launch of 988 created a universal entry point to trained crisis counselors and increased the nation’s capacity to circumvent law enforcement response to mental health crises. The system also reduces the number of admissions through the emergency room for people experiencing a mental health crisis, freeing up beds for other patients and reducing the cost of care. Recognizing that this once-in-a-generation opportunity requires intentional change management, MHTTC’s session explored considerations and strategies for 988 adoption and integration. Highlights from the panelists and group discussion, along with resources shared, are presented in this document. 

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