Crisis Now Academy
Most communities defer to law enforcement and hospitals for most people in a psychiatric emergency. The Crisis Now Academy think tank supports the creation of next-level solutions to a multitude of mental health, substance use, IDD and/or suicidal crises systems challenges. Our national thought leaders create videos, tools and products, many of which we’ve shared open source in the public domain (CrisisNow.com) and we host 988 and Crisis Learning Community video calls.
Our team from RI International and Behavioral Health Link stand ready with more intensive support, consultation and training offerings. These can be as limited as a few hours of phone consultation to support the creation of options around a particular issue to a full scale system redesign that can support any community. We’ve worked at the Federal, State, County and City levels in the US and abroad. 988 has offered a once in a lifetime chance to transform behavioral health crisis care and change is within our reach.
“Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets."
-Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Consultants and Faculty
Architects of Crisis Now, SAMHSA’S National Guidelines and Zero Suicide
Senior Consulting Team
(Christine Vestal, Stateline, February 21, 2020, published in AZCentral) Police officers deliver patients who are having a psychiatric crisis directly to the Crisis Recovery Center in Peoria, Arizona. Nationwide, other states are emulating the crisis response model developed in Arizona.
(Christine Vestal, Stateline, December 20, 2019) Brian Anderson, a peer support administrator at the Georgia Crisis and Access Line, in downtown Atlanta. The U.S. suicide rate increased by a third from 1999 to 2017. The Pew Charitable Trusts
(NPR, Rhitu Chatterjee, September 13, 2019) So would a three-digit number help those in crisis more than a 10-digit one? It's a question on the mind of the federal agency that wants to start a new three-digit hotline for people feeling suicidal or going through any other mental health crisis.
(CNN, Doug Criss, September 10, 2018) Nestled in a downtown Atlanta high-rise, the call center for the Georgia Crisis & Access Line hosts the staff of Behavioral Health Link, a crisis services company, contracted by the state of Georgia. When a person calls 1-800-715-4225 from anywhere in the state, the folks here answer -- 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Tonja Myles, Certified Peer Support Specialist, Community Liaison, The Bridge Center for Hope, RI International Testifies before Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies,
“Mental Health Emergencies: Building a Robust Crisis Response System“ (May 13, 2021)
Joy Brunson-Nsubuga, VP Southeast RI International, and Tonja Myles Testify for National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Briefing Series,
"Action Needed: Tackling the Nation's Mental Health Crisis" addressing how 988 and crisis services will transform care.
David Covington, CEO & President RI International, Testifies at Briefing with US Representatives Chris Stewart and Seth Moulton,
“988: How a 3-Digit Suicide Prevention Hotline Can Transform Access to Mental Health Care” (Capitol Visitors Center Congressional Meeting Room South, October 30, 2019)
David Covington, CEO & President RI International, Testifies at Transforming Crisis Mental Health Care Briefing,
a bipartisan event co-hosted by Reps. Grace Napolitano and John Katko in coordination with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (May 26, 2017)
Other Crisis Industry Impact
Paul Galdys, Deputy CEO at RI International, Lead Author for the SAMHSA National Guidelines for Behavioral Health Crisis Care: A Best Practice Toolkit,
Crisis Services: Meeting Needs, Saving Lives Compendium (February 24, 2020)
David Covington speaks at International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership Summit, Washington, DC,
“Crisis Now: The Human and Business Case for Building a Comprehensive Crisis Services System” (September 12, 2019)