Behavioral Health Crisis Services: Models & Issues

Far too many people dealing with behavioral health issues end up in the emergency room. Long waits and noisy environments can exacerbate symptoms, and emergency departments often don’t have staff best suited to address complex behavioral health challenges. To effectively address behavioral health crises, we must develop and implement new models in and outside of hospital settings. This paper explores behavioral health response models, and reviews legal, financial, and coordination challenges that can be barriers to meaningful change.

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