Crisis centers and clinics: new mental health care models attempt to fill gaps in Alabama system


Navigating mental health care in the U.S. is difficult, due in part to stigma, a shortage of psychiatric practitioners and high costs.

In Alabama, it’s even more difficult: a 2017 study from Mental Health America found that Alabama ranked 50 out 51 states and the District of Columbia in access to mental health care.

But across the state, mental health providers are trying out two new models of mental health care—crisis centers and certified community behavioral health clinics—to fill in these gaps.