December 14, 2021
CLASP The Center for Law and Social Policy
The need for mental health services continues to gain national attention, as evidenced by the impending implementation of 988 (the National Mental Health Crisis and Suicide Prevention Hotline to be launched in July 2022) and a rare public advisory from the U.S. Surgeon General. In order to meet this urgent need, we must establish a continuum of crisis services that address the mental health provider workforce shortage. One notable model in Seattle, a mobile response program that does not use law enforcement officers, provides a blueprint for what is possible.