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.
These centers are a designated place 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.
The Crisis Centers are individualized to the unique needs of the communities they serve. They are located at the community mental health centers in Mobile, Montgomery, Huntsville - coming soon: Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Dothan:
- 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 (formerly Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority): 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. The center will open for walk-in usage in the Summer of 2022. Mobile Crisis Services are in operation, in conjunction with law enforcement and first responder partnerships. The phone number for the Crisis Center is 334-279-7830.
- 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. The center will open for walk-in usage in the Summer of 2022. 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 in the Summer of 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.