The goals for rural crisis programs are aligned with the overarching goals of crisis care, which are to reduce the burden on EDs/Hospitals, reduce the burden on Law Enforcement/Jails, and improve access for the “right care, right time, right place.”

In Fiscal Year 2021, five community mental health centers across the state received funding to increase their crisis care services:

  • Cahaba Center for Mental Health
  • Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center
  • Southwest Alabama Behavioral Health Care Systems
  • WellStone Behavioral Health (Cullman)
  • West Alabama Mental Health Center

Each center has chosen to build a mobile crisis unit into its services. The community mental health centers may also include in their crisis services: a co-response with law enforcement and emergency medical personnel, crisis peer support, crisis case management, regional call centers, and respite options.