Crisis Care Continuum
Reports / Resources / Articles
String of LAPD Shootings Exposes LA's Broken Mental Health System, Officials Say, LA Times, November 18, 2021
Expanding Alternative Crisis Response in Los Angeles County (Item 6, Agenda of June 8, 2021) Motion Report Response
Settlement Reached Between Disability Rights California and San Benito County to Improve the County’s Behavioral Health System, April 2021
CA Dedicates $20 Million to Support New Mental Health "988" crisis line, CA Department of Health Care Services, September 2021
Roadmap to the Ideal Crisis System: Essential Elements, Measurable Standards, and Best Practice for Behavioral Health Crisis Response. The National Council for Behavioral Health, 2021
Peer Respites Provide an Alternative to Psychiatric Wards During Pandemic, Kaiser Health News
National Guidelines for Behavioral Health Crisis Care - Best Practice Toolkit Executive Summary (PDF | 1 MB) Best Practice Toolkit (PDF | 2 MB)
Crisis Services: Effectiveness, Cost Effectiveness, and Funding Strategies, SAMHSA 2014
Plan for Crisis and Other Safety Net Services in the California Developmental Services System: CA Health & Human Services 2017
CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets), mobile crisis intervention program in Eugene, OR - CAHOOTS, is estimated to save the city $8,500,000 in public safety spending annually. In 2019, Eugene’s CAHOOTS team answered 17 percent of the police department’s overall call volume. Out of 24,000 calls, police backup was requested only 150 times.
Crisis Now - A crisis continuum program model implemented in Phoenix, Arizona, Crisis Now, is estimated to have reduced inpatient spending by $260,000,000, preventing $37,000,000 in costs to hospital emergency departments in 2016. Phoenix saved the equivalent of 37 full-time police officers and further reduced city fire department costs.