Implementing The 988 Hotline: A Critical Window To Decriminalize Mental Health

FEBRUARY 25, 2022

Health Affairs, Washington DC

Mental health in the US is in crisis. Suicide rates have increased over the past decade. Pediatric and adult emergency department visits for suicide attempts have substantially increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Less than half of adults with mental illness are receiving treatment, and the demand for inpatient psychiatric care consistently and significantly exceeds supply.