Rep. Smith Introduces Legislation to Build and Expand One-Stop Behavioral Health Crisis Care Centers Across the Country
September 22, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement after introducing the Behavioral Health Crisis Care Centers Act, which would provide access to funding for states, cities and counties, and tribal governments to build, operate, and expand one-stop crisis care centers. One-stop behavioral health crisis care centers provide critical crisis stabilization services and wraparound services to individuals experiencing a mental health or behavioral health crisis.
“Crisis stabilization services are a critical component of the continuum of care for people experiencing a mental or behavioral health crisis. As Congress continues to deploy federal funding to deal with the nationwide mental and behavioral health crisis, it is important that we set aside funding specifically for one-stop crisis care centers that provide coordinated life-saving services. The Behavioral Health Crisis Care Centers Act would give funding to states, cities and counties, and tribal governments to build, operate, and expand one-stop crisis care centers to support individuals in crisis. This funding would make tremendous progress to connect these individuals with crucial short and long-term resources, including housing and other wraparound services that will help them recover and maintain a stable and healthy life. The Behavioral Health Crisis Care Centers Act will empower communities to effectively support individuals in crisis and better respond to our nation’s mental and behavioral health crisis.”
The Behavioral Health Crisis Care Centers Act is endorsed by several organizations, including the National Alliance to End Homelessness, YouthCare, Valley Cities, Habitat for Humanity South King County, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, El Centro de la Raza, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Community Passageways, Compass Housing Alliance, and the Coalition on Human Needs.
See below for statements of support for the Behavioral Health Crisis Care Centers Act.
The Behavioral Health Crisis Care Centers Act would provide formula grants for states, cities and counties, and tribal governments to build and expand crisis stabilization services with co-located housing and other wrap around services.
- These one-stop centers would coordinate with governmental and non-governmental organizations to connect people with the service providers they need.
- One-stop centers would focus on services for immediate crisis stabilization, as well as identifying suitable housing for individuals.
- One-stop centers would rely on a range of professionals from clinicians to social workers to peer support specialists and community health workers.
- Acquiring or constructing facilities,
- Training, hiring, and retaining staff,
- Coordinating with governmental and non-governmental partners,
- Conducting outreach to community members, and
- Providing technical assistance and capacity building to service providers and community partners working with the one-stop.
Recipients can also subgrant funds to non-governmental organizations to help provide the most appropriate services.
A fact sheet of the bill can be found here.
The full text of the bill can be found here.