Crisis Systems Transformation: Now Is the Time
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Expires on Oct 20, 2024
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit

There is broad recognition that behavioral health crises have reached epidemic proportion, with drug overdoses and suicides having overtaken traffic accidents as the two leading causes of death among young Americans ages 25-44. The COVID-19 pandemic has further underscored the dramatic need for behavioral health services, including crisis services. Yet very few communities in the United States have a behavioral health crisis system that would be considered excellent, let alone ideal. This presentation is focused on opportunities for transforming our nation’s crisis system.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify their role in improving crisis care at the clinical level.
  • Recognize statewide trends in improving crisis services to identify gaps in their system and how to make necessary improvements.
  • Advocate for community and state-wide changes to implement a 9-8-8 number that will better meet the needs of patients in crisis.
  • Educate patients about changes to the crisis system to encourage them to use crisis services and the 9-8-8 number instead of 911 when 9-8-8 is available.

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, Residents/Fellows

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 60 minutes
Begin Date: October 20, 2021
End Date: October 20, 2024

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Program Presenters

  • Stephanie Le Melle, M.D., Director of Public Psychiatry Education at Columbia University. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Robert Gebbia, CEO of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Debra Pinals, M.D., Medical Director of Behavioral Health and Forensic Programs for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Keris Myrick, M.B.A., M.S., Co-Director of Mental Health Strategic Impact Initiative (S2i). Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Program Planners

  • Michelle Dirst, M.A., Director, APA Practice Management and Delivery Systems Policy, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Alexis Victor, M.S., Manager, APA Practice Management and Systems Delivery Policy, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Joe Parks, M.D., Vice President and Medical Director, National Council for Mental Wellbeing, Dr. Parks discloses the following relationships: Consultant: Otsuka, Janssen; Employee: National Council for Behavioral Health.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

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  • Internet Explorer 11+

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