Crisis Providers Improve Care, Reduce Cost, And Relieve ER Overload
Good crisis care reduces and prevents suicides while providing more immediate and targeted help for the person in distress. In addition, it cuts cost of care substantially by reducing the need for psychiatric hospital bed usage, emergency department visits, and law enforcement overuse. In general, mental health crisis care in the U.S. is inconsistent and inadequate. Members of the Crisis Services Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) created the Crisis Now concept and authored the Crisis Now paper; identifying the exceptional practices desired in a crisis services.