SAI Monthly Issues Forum: 9-8-8 Mobile Crisis Support Team Stakeholders Feedback Session

Are you a person with a disability who has experienced a mental health, substance use, and /or suicide related emergency?  If so, did you use the 911 emergency services?  Were you treated with dignity and respect by public emergency personnel? Was crisis intervention provided by the appropriate team of experts?

We need you to be part of a virtual 9-8-8 Mobile Crisis Support team stakeholders feedback session. 

Join Self-Advocates of Indiana and The Arc of Indiana on Wednesday September 15, 2021, 4:00 p.m. EDT as we partner with Christopher Drapeau, Indiana’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) State Suicide Prevention Director, and FSSA to learn about planning and implementation of the 9-8-8 Mobile Crisis Support team in Indiana. You will also learn what is meant by the three pillars of the Crisis Now Model and who’s part of the three pillars of crisis support. And, you will have an important opportunity to provide feedback.

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Background – The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act was signed into law on October 17, 2020. This was done to “transition the cumbersome, existing 10-digit National Suicide Hotline to a universal, easy-to-remember, 3-digit phone number and connect people in crisis with life-saving resources.” DMHA has been tasked with overseeing the planning and implementation of 9-8-8 in Indiana. As part of this charge, DMHA is also looking to increase the number of mobile crisis teams and crisis stabilization facilities across Indiana, with the goal of giving Hoosiers experiencing a mental health, substance use, and/or suicide-related crisis more options and a better experience when they reach out for support and/or relevant resources.

Feedback from people with disabilities is critical in the development of determining who has, will be using, or needs behavioral health crisis services. Information gathered during the September 15th virtual meeting will help shape how Indiana develops the 9-8-8 Mobile Crisis Support team to serve Hoosiers facing a mental health, substance use, and/or suicide-related emergency. It is vital for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities voices be heard.

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Learn about the three pillars of the Crisis Now Model by watching this short 3-4 minute video.