As part of the first major investment in state mental health services since Governor Lurleen Wallace’s administration, Governor Ivey has prioritized establishing a mental health crisis continuum of care, with efforts in the Alabama Legislature led by House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter. This continuum of care, called the Alabama Crisis System of Care includes Crisis Centers.
The initial three Crisis Centers were funded with an $18 million appropriation in the FY2021 General Fund budget, with continued funding appropriated in the FY2022 and FY2023 General Fund budgets to support the existing Crisis Centers and add new Crisis Centers across the state.
The centers are designated places for communities, law enforcement, first responders, and hospitals to take an individual that is in mental health or substance abuse crisis. At the center, the individual could receive stabilization, evaluation, and psychiatric services.
Crisis Centers in Alabama are individualized to the unique needs of the communities they serve.
- AltaPointe Health: The Behavioral Health Crisis Center is located in Mobile County and serves Baldwin, Washington, Clark, Conecuh, Escambia, and Monroe Counties. The phone number for AltaPointe Behavioral Health Crisis Center is 251-450-2211.
- Carastar Health (formerly MAMHA): This center is in Montgomery, but serves the entire River Region, and the counties of Chambers, Lee, Russell, and Tallapoosa, in partnership with the community mental health centers of East Alabama and East Central Alabama. Mobile Crisis Services are in operation, in conjunction with law enforcement and first responder partnerships. The phone number for the Carastar Health Crisis Center is 1-800-408-4197.
- WellStone: This center is located in Huntsville serving Cullman and Madison counties, and the surrounding counties of Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Walker, Winston, Lawrence, Limestone, Morgan, Jackson, Marshall, Cherokee, Dekalb, and Etowah. Mobile Crisis Services are in operation, in conjunction with law enforcement and first responder partnerships. The phone number for WellStone Emergency Services Crisis Center is 256-705-6444.
- Jefferson, Blount, St. Clair Behavioral Services: This center will serve the named counties, in addition to surrounding counties. At this time, the center is in the process of construction and will open December 2022.
- Indian Rivers Behavioral Health: The center will be located in Tuscaloosa. More information on counties served and contact information for the Crisis Center will be posted when designated.
- SpectraCare Health Systems: The center will be located in Dothan. More information on counties served and contact information for the Crisis Center will be posted when designated.