4 Tips to Successfully Open a Crisis Stabilization Unit

This web page from the Council of State Governments contains suggestions for successfully opening a crisis stabilization unit. The tips include understanding system gaps, harnessing collaboration and leadership buy-in, articulating goals for the center, and considering a phased funding approach. Continue reading

Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

This reports provides a summary of key findings from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health which measures national indicators of substance use and mental health among noninstitutionalized individuals 12 and older. The national indicators focus on tobacco use, alcohol use, kratom use, illicit drug use, initiation of substance use, perceived risk from substance use, substance use disorders, major depressive episodes, any mental illness, serious mental illness, co-occurring major depressive episode and substance use disorder, and perceived recovery.

Funding Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

COVID-Minds Website

The COVID-Minds website provides updates on the development of COVID-19 studies throughout the world, promotes international collaboration of data analysis to understand the mental health effects of COVID-19 in different cultural contexts, and cultural differences, and disseminates findings from COVID-19-related mental health research. Continue reading

Peer Support Toolkit

This interactive toolkit is intended to support organizations that are hiring (or planning to hire) peers into new support roles. The toolkit discusses considerations for preparing the organizational culture for adding peer support services, recruiting and hiring peer staff, creating effective service delivery of peer support services, and supporting, supervising, and retaining peer staff. Continue reading

Medication-Assisted Treatment and Other Behavioral Interventions for Opioid Use Disorder: Evidence, Guidelines, Policies, and Service Delivery Models – Rapid Review

This 2019 systematic review assesses the evidence for the effectiveness of behavioral health interventions as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) regimen for opioid use disorder (OUD). The report also evaluates clinical practice guideline recommendations for behavioral health treatments as a part of MAT and describes 3 service delivery models that implement low-threshold MAT programs in Missouri, Virginia and in the Veterans Health Administration. Continue reading

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Methods for Using Data to Inform Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide

This 2018 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides guidance for collecting data to evaluate Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs for intervening in mental health and substance use disorder crises. One of the core elements of the CIT model is to use evaluation and research to sustain CIT programs. This guidance is specifically to assist CIT programs in developing their data collection and evaluation plans. Continue reading

Crisis Intervention Team Core Elements

An overview of the core elements of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model, a collaboration of law enforcement, mental health care providers, and mental health care advocates that works to improve crisis intervention services during mental health crises. Originated in Memphis, Tennessee, this document defines and describes the core elements of the CIT model which has been adopted in communities across the country and internationally. Continue reading

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Programs: A Best Practice Guide for Transforming Community Responses to Mental Health Crises

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs are collaborations between law enforcement, mental health professionals, and mental health advocates that work to improve community responses to mental health crises. This implementation guide from CIT International outlines the steps community leaders can take to design, implement and sustain CIT programs in their communities. Continue reading