Alabama Crisis System of Care

No individual is immune from the impact of untreated behavioral health needs. Each year, there are thousands of preventable tragedies that may be addressed with proper mental health resources and access to care. In our communities, jails and hospitals are often the first entry point for an individual in need.


Currently, without a coordinated crisis system of care in Alabama, individuals in a mental health or substance use disorder crisis often have encounters with police officers, first responders, hospital emergency room staff, or end up in correctional facilities, without getting the proper treatment and diagnosis needed.


The Alabama Crisis System of Care:

  • Expands access to crisis services
  • Maximizes opportunities for the behavioral health workforce
  • Reduces the number of hospitalizations and arrests
  • Decreases frequency of admissions to hospitals
  • Assists individuals in crisis to achieve stability
  • Promotes sustained recovery
  • Provides connections and referrals to community agencies and organizations, psychiatric and medical services, prevention, and intervention services


ADMH thanks Governor Ivey and legislative investment, which helps to expand and transform the Alabama crisis system of care, dramatically lower healthcare costs, reinvest state dollars, achieve better health outcomes, and improve life for those with acute mental health needs.


To address these needs, the Alabama Department of Mental Health has begun the journey to a Alabama Crisis System of Care, which will provide a systemic approach to crisis care that saves lives and dollars: Accessible, Interconnect, Effective, and Just.


Stepping Up Alabama is an integral part of the Alabama crisis system of care. Stepping Up is a national initiative designed to reduce the number of people who have mental illnesses in jails and hospital emergency departments. To learn more about Stepping Up Alabama, its components, and progress, please visit Stepping Up Alabama.