988: Reaching Its Full Potential

Dec 2, 2022

Establishment of the 988 number is an important transition from the current 10-digit number of the Lifeline. It serves as the point of entry – the front door – to a larger continuum of care. But it is just the beginning; work must continue to build out a broader crisis services system.

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing has identified six elements that will be key to ensuring a robust crisis care continuum:

  • Crisis Call Centers
  • 24/7 Mobile Crisis Teams
  • Robust Continuum of Care
  • Essential Crisis Care Principles and Practices
  • Public Awareness and Support
  • Federal and State Accountability

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