Behavioral Health Equity For All Communities: Policy Solutions To Advance Equity Across The Crisis Continuum

National Governors Association
Aug. 2, 2022

A culmination of activities by multiple federal entities has provided an opportunity for states to improve outcomes for individuals who are in the midst of a behavioral health crisis, as well as for their families and entire communities. As a single point on the behavioral health care continuum, an effective emergency response may influence the success of the whole system. States should take advantage of this national momentum to reimagine their crisis response systems with an eye toward increasing equity and aligning efforts with the goals of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Best Practices Toolkit.