Join us virtually for REIMAGINE: A week of action to reimagine our national response to people in crisis, Nov. 16–18.
Register today to learn more about our current response to mental health and suicidal crises, how it intersects with different communities, how you can help #ReimagineCrisis — and, ultimately, how we can work together to build a better, more equitable crisis system.
10:30-10:50 AM ET: It’s Time to #ReimagineCrisis: Why Now
With the upcoming launch of 988, advocates have a unique opportunity to shape a mental health and suicidal crisis response system that works – for everyone. As a kick-off to REIMAGINE, hear about why these organizations have come together during this unique time, including a brief background of 988 and what it means for mental health, substance use and suicidal crisis response.
11:00-11:30 AM ET: Fireside Chat: One Family’s Journey
Too often people affected by mental illness wake up to find the news filled with heartbreaking tragedy: another escalation of force; another life lost; another story that could be about their loved one. Hear one family’s story with our current crisis system and learn about the urgency to #ReimagineCrisis. (Content Warning)
11:40 AM-12:25 PM ET: Perspectives: Crisis Response and Racial Equity
Our existing crisis response system leaves too many people underserved, which often leads to trauma and tragedy for people of color. Hear about barriers to receiving care today and how civil rights and social justice groups can play a role in a reimagined system of crisis response.
12:35-1:00 PM ET: Deep Dive: What Does an Ideal Crisis System Look Like?
Changing how we respond to people in crisis may seem daunting, but fortunately, we know what works. Learn briefly about the three components of a crisis response system from one community who is proving every day that mental health and suicidal crises can be handled appropriately with a mental health response.
Sessions for Advocacy Leaders ONLY
1:20-1:30 PM ET: Making the Most of the 988 Advocacy Intensive
As an advocacy leader, your voice is critical to showing the public what they should demand – and showing policymakers the change we need. Join us for our Advocacy Intensive kick-off and learn how to get the most out of the next three days.
1:45-2:45 PM ET: Concurrent Workshops
Option A: How a Continuum of Crisis Services Can Work
A robust crisis response system should include 24/7 crisis call centers, mobile crisis teams and crisis stabilization programs, but few communities have all three in place. Learn more about each component and case studies you can use to convince colleagues, the public and policymakers on why all three are critical to invest in.
Option B: Finding and Successfully Preparing Your Champions
A champion legislator (or a few) are critical to moving efforts in your state, but all champions are not the same. Join us to think through the strategy on who is best positioned to advance crisis services, including who can convince others to come on board. We’ll also discuss the best ways you can empower your legislative champion(s) to talk about this issue and be successful.
3:00-4:00 PM ET: Concurrent Workshops
Option A: Where’s the Funding? Understanding Ways to Fund Crisis Services
No single funding source is going to make the full range of crisis services available. Join us to learn about what insurance covers for crisis care, federal funding streams, and different options for your state. Use this information to successfully advocate for the resources your state needs to improve crisis services.
Option B: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and 988: How Will It Work?
When 988 goes live nationwide by next July, it will route through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Learn more about how the Lifeline operates, including call routing, training and data collection. Additionally, learn what to expect with 988 – and what it will mean in your community in dispatching help when needed. You’ll also hear how some call centers and emergency response systems (including 911/law enforcement) collaborate.
4:00 PM ET: Conclude