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July 20, 2022

The Ally: Everyone at the Table for 988 Implementation


This past Saturday, 988, an easy-to-remember three-digit number for 24/7 mental health and substance use crisis care, rolled out across the country. Anyone can call, text or message 988 to talk to a trained crisis counselor and get information about local crisis resources. Although 988 is a national initiative, each state is responsible for its own 988 implementation and coordination with other crisis services. Rolling out 988 is a significant undertaking and one with many facets.

In this week's edition of The Ally, we stress the importance of 988 and its associated crisis services being responsive to children and their families. The needs of children and families are different than those of adults, and we must equip Mississippi's crisis system to respond to people of all ages. We share our initial thoughts and ideas from the pediatric community on how to make that happen. We also invite all families with children 26 years of age and younger to respond to a national survey from the Family Run Executive Directors' Leadership Association about your experience with crisis services for your child.

Check out our resources section for more information on 988. As always, we look forward to working in partnership with all of you to ensure Mississippi's system of care for children is responsive and family-driven. 

Our virtual Virtual: Bring Your IEP and Other School Questions is July 21 at noon CT. Any family with school questions or issues is welcome to join. Families as Allies Board Quarterly Board Meeting (virtual) is on July 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT. All meetings are open to the public and include time for public comments.

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The implementation of 988 and its coordination with other services present an opportunity to look at how all crisis services can be coordinated and most helpful to children and families. Families as Allies compiled this list of priorities based on our calls that we think are important for crisis supports to address and include.
The 988 number was mandated by Congress (link is external) in October 2020 as a national service for children and adults facing mental health emergencies. Rather than call 911 or go to an emergency department, children and families will be able to dial 988 on any phone line and be connected to a crisis counselor.
Families can help inform the planning and delivery of crisis services in their state by completing a national survey describing their experiences accessing behavioral health crisis services for their child under age 24. Mental health or substance use crisis services include law enforcement, crisis hotlines or text lines, mobile crisis teams, walk-in centers, and hospital emergency departments. All responses are anonymous.


Join the MSPTI and learn what you need to know and how to use the information as you advocate for your child.
This hour is open for any family member to drop in for all or some of the time to ask questions or get feedback about IEP issues.
The Families as Allies quarterly board meeting will be held in ZOOM and is open to anyone who wants to attend.
The conference will include an overview of special education-related laws and benefits laws related to children.
This group will focus on opportunities for leadership training graduates to serve on decision-making groups, provide coaching guidance.
Family members may drop in to share any concerns or get feedback from others about handling different situations.
The Mississippi Developmental Disabilities Network is hosting community forums in the Jackson, Gulf Coast, and Southaven areas in August.
Join other parents for a monthly meeting and online gathering to coach and support other parents in any system.
The Joint Planning and Advisory Council meeting will be held virtually Thu, August 11, 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CST).


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