Coordinating a Stronger 988 Crisis Number Response

The launch of the 988 crisis number could be a lifeline to millions of Americans who experience mental health crises or suicidal ideation—but there is a great deal of hesitancy, particularly among marginalized populations, to utilize this resource.

Speakers from across the health care industry gathered to discuss ways to promote 988 as a resource for those experiencing mental health crises and to raise awareness of the benefit it will have in communities across the nation. They touched on everything from the logistical feasibility of 988 regarding wait times and resource allocation to addressing concerns about the crisis number’s perceived proximity to 911.

Panelists also discussed what they expect government policy and funding to look like for the 988 crisis number going forward. The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) is focused on the future of mental and behavioral health policy as critical interventions for millions of Americans struggling with their mental health.

The speakers outlined how ACHP member companies and other stakeholders can continue to ensure the success of 988 and improve mental health outcomes.

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Making Health Care Better

ACHP is the voice of a unique approach in health care today, one that puts the patient at the center with plans and clinical teams collaborating to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Our advocacy focuses on providing policymakers with tested solutions, rooted in a model that is proven to deliver better value for patients, employers and taxpayers.

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