Enhancing Indiana Psychological Well being Disaster Facilities

– The of is preparing for a new system for handling mental health calls for help.

It did so after two mental health crisis centers recently closed, causing a dramatic increase in the number of calls to remaining locations.

“Our job is to lead them through the crisis, and then by 988 there will be so much more to take them from this step into other steps that will allow them to heal, to be more productive and better work, “said Muncies A. Teresa Clemmons, executive director of Better Way Services.

Starting July 2022, 988 will be the number Hoosiers can call for mental health assistance. Indiana lawmakers have already funded the infrastructure and are considering how to fund it in the future.

“The beauty of the 988 system is that with a similar fee structure used to fund the 911 system, this program alone can raise about $ 50 million a year,” said Senator Michael Crider of Greenfield.

Meanwhile, call centers like A Better Way Services and Mental Health America are addressing Hoosiers’ needs.

“We saw a 45 percent increase in call volume,” said Brandi Christiansen, CEO of Mental Health America’s Wabash Valley Region.

“Calls to crisis centers across the country have increased dramatically,” added Clemmons.

Duke Energy is helping them keep up with the call volume with a $ 100,000 grant.

“You’re on the front lines and making a difference to so many people,” said Dan Rhodes, community relations manager for Duke Energy Indiana.

Both call centers are currently hiring and looking for more volunteers. They hope lawmakers will continue to give mental health priority and increase funding for 988.

“We are hopeful, we are happy to be a part of it,” said Christiansen.

“We are all aware that this is changing the game,” said Clemmons. This can really dramatically improve mental health services in the state of Indiana. So we’re all there and ready to make it happen. “

Senator Crider said that since lawmakers have made mental health such a priority this year, he sees that momentum continue into the next session.

“We should be able to capitalize on and build on the progress we’ve made,” said Crider. “And hopefully create a system that serves all people better than we have in the past.”

Until 988 is operational, you can find quick mental health help here.

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