SAMHSA Crisis Services: Meeting Needs, Saving Lives



Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Shares national guidelines for behavioral health crisis care best practice toolkit from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and a 2020 technical assistance paper series focused on crisis services. Offers information to support mental health authorities, agency administrators, service providers, and other state and local leaders in the design, development, implementation, and quality improvement of behavioral health crisis systems. Details components of crisis services and best practices, along with tools for implementing and evaluating care that aligns with national guidelines. Addresses key issues related to crisis services, including homelessness, technology advances, substance use, legal issues, financing crisis care, diverse populations, children and adolescents, rural and frontier areas, and the role of law enforcement.



Geographic Coverage



Housing and Homelessness • Justice System • Mental Health • Substance Use Disorder • Teleservices and Technology