NC Crisis Solutions Initiative

The NC Crisis Solutions Initiative focuses on identifying and implementing the best known strategies for crisis care while reducing avoidable visits to emergency departments and involvement with the criminal justice system for individuals in behavioral health crises.

The Initiative is built upon two key strategies: (1) The NC Department of Health and Human Services will work in partnership with all of the stakeholders in the crisis system to find what is working in locations across the state and nation, and evaluate what makes a crisis intervention strategy effective. (2) DHHS will find ways to replicate and sustain successful models by eliminating barriers, and establishing policy and funding to support those models.

Healthcare, government, law enforcement, and community leaders in North Carolina are coming together in the Crisis Solutions Coalition — finding better ways to help people in a behavioral health crisis¬† and to increase the use of services to help individuals quickly resolve the crisis and get back to their homes, families, friends, and work.¬† With earlier intervention strategies that prevent crisis altogether, each community in North Carolina can benefit from strengthened supports to help people.

Fact sheet about North Carolina’s mental health and substance abuse challenges.
In-depth overview of the new Crisis Solutions Initiative.