988 is The New Mental-Health Crisis Hotline. Here’s What You Need to Know

Launched on July 16, 2022, 988 is the first major investment in mental health crisis care in decades - totaling $432 million from the federal government

In this interview for TIME with health and medicine national correspondent Alice Park, Connections Health Clinical Solutions Chief Clinical Officer, Margie Balfour, M.D, Ph.D, expresses her support for the dramatic expansion of instant and accessible mental health services nationwide. The success of the Arizona model is recognized and the importance of collaboration between law enforcement and crisis responses centers, like Connections Health Solutions, are elaborated upon by Kevin Hall, assistant chief of the Tucson police department.