Crisis Care in Alabama

Crisis Care in Alabama

20:18 10 February in Press Release

Stakeholder Meetings Offered Around the State

Montgomery, Ala. – No one is immune from the impact of untreated behavioral health needs. Each year, 20-25% of the population meets the criteria for a mental health diagnosis. Behavioral health crisis services have emerged as one of the most effective tools within the larger system of care to improve the lives of people struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, behavioral health is the second most significant health concern for the people of Alabama. There is a genuine human toll experienced within our state.

To ensure Alabama moves in the right direction for future crisis services, the Alabama Department of Mental Health has begun the process of establishing a Behavioral Health Crisis Care Continuum, with a legislative budget request. ADMH is proud to receive the support of Governor Ivey and legislative leaders for the creation of the first crisis diversion centers in Alabama.

Beginning today, Regional Crisis System Assessment Meetings will be held in eight locations around the state. ADMH invites all citizens interested in mental health services to the meetings to offer their vital input and information.

To learn more, please visit https://mh.alabama.gov/admh-regional-crisis-system-assessment-meetings/, or contact the Office of Public Information, 334-242-3417, publicinformation.dmh@mh.alabama.gov.

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