Crisis Systems Transformation: Now Is the Time

A Free, Virtual Webinar

Tuesday, July 13, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

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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. However, important changes are underway to transform the system to better meet the needs of people in crisis.

Join the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), National Council for Mental Wellbeing, and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for a webinar focused on opportunities for transforming our nation’s crisis system. At the end of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  • 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.


  • Stephanie Le Melle, M.D., Director of Public Psychiatry Education at Columbia University
  • Robert Gebbia, CEO of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Debra Pinals, M.D., Medical Director of Behavioral Health and Forensic Programs for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Keris Myrick, M.B.A., M.S., Co-Director of Mental Health Strategic Impact Initiative (S2i)

Program Planners

  • Michelle Dirst, M.A., Director, APA Practice Management and Delivery Systems Policy
  • Alexis Victor, M.S., Manager, APA Practice Management and Systems Delivery Policy
  • 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

All other presenters and planners report no financial relationships with commercial interests.



The APA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


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

How to Claim Credit

Following completion of the webinar, attendees will receive a link and access code to complete an evaluation and claim credit through the APA Learning Center.

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