Crisis Education

Solving the Mental Health Crisis Through Community Collaboration

By Margie Balfour, MD, PhD, Chief of Quality & Clinical Innovation, Connections Health Solutions and Brad McKinney, LMSW, MPH, CPHQ, Behavioral Health Division Administrator, Banner – University Medicine   Editor’s Note: This blog post is par...

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Roadmap To The Ideal Crisis System

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY    THE CHALLENGE  There is broad recognition that behavioral health crises have reached epidemic proportion, with drug overdoses and suicides having overtaken traffic accidents as the two leading causes of death among young Am...

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Cops, Clinicians, or Both? Collaborative Approaches to Responding to Behavioral Health Emergencies

Abstract: How a community responds to Behavioral Health (BH)emergencies is both a public health issue and social justice issue. Individuals in BH crisis often receive inadequate care in emergency departments (EDs), boarding for hours or days waiting...

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Tucson Police Department Wins National Recognition for Mental Health Collaboration

TUCSON, AZ: The Tucson Police Department(TPD)has been selected to join the National LawEnforcement-Mental Health Learning SitesProgram.The Learning SitesProgram identifies model programs within police departments that can assist other law enforcement...

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Ensuring Access to Crisis Services During COVID-19

Behavioral health crisis services provide an effective alternative to emergency departments (EDs), hospitals, and jails for patients with mental health and substance use emergencies. This alternative is especially important during a pandemic when EDs...

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