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. Participants will learn about:

  • Developing the ideal crisis system and ways for clinicians to engage in transformation
  • Implementation of a national suicide prevention and behavioral health crisis line number (9-8-8) going live in July 2022
  • Evolving trends in crisis services
  • The importance of peer support and creating culturally responsive services


  • 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)



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.

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