This act aims to create a continuum of behavioral health crisis services through the nationwide adoption of programs and services that stabilize patients in crisis and direct them to the most appropriate treatment options. Specifically, the act will direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure that the national definition of behavioral health crisis care includes universally available 24/7 crisis hotlines, mobile crisis services, behavioral health urgent care facilities, 23-hour crisis beds, and short-term crisis residential options. Further, the act will ensure that behavioral health crisis services are covered for all patients no matter where they get their health insurance. The act will also provide funding through a grant program to assist communities in developing crisis services.
Senate - 05/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (updated 9/12/2021)