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State expands crisis services for Kentuckians at risk of suicide; Pathways CMHC gains accreditation


The Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental, and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) has announced an additional Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) has been added to the list of accredited agencies serving as National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call centers within the state.

Gov. Andy Beshear

Pathways, Inc., a CMHC which serves Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Lawrence, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan and Rowan counties, recently completed the accreditation process and is now providing call center services for Kentuckians.

“散路上的每个人,Inc。团队是一个英雄,”Andy Besheal说。“你正在帮助他人 - 在许多情况下,拯救他们的生命 - 在他们最需要的时刻。我希望所有肯塔基人都知道,当他们挣扎时,他们总会有人打电话。“

Kentuckians can reach the NSPL by dialing 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

Pathways Inc. joins eight other CMHCs in the state, including: The Adanta Group; Cumberland River Behavioral Health; Four Rivers Behavioral Health; LifeSkills, Inc.; Mountain Comprehensive Care Center; Pennyroyal Center; RiverValley Behavioral Health; and Seven Counties Services, serving as call centers for the Lifeline supporting their respective regions.

“The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a vital component of the safety net for those at risk of suicide,” said CHFS Secretary Eric Friedlander.

Calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by Kentucky residents have increased 3 percent for 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.

“Due to the stressors and additional anxieties created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we know crisis and suicide prevention and intervention services are more vital than ever. We are pleased to see that Kentucky’s capacity to respond to individuals in crisis continues to grow,” Friedlander said.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Calls made to the Lifeline are routed to a local crisis center based on location and/or area code of the caller. If the closest crisis center isn’t able to answer the call, the call is rerouted to a backup center.

“生活中的生活是一个宝贵的服务,大大增加了对体验情绪或行为健康危机的个人需求的能力,”Dbhdid专员温迪莫里斯说。“没有呼叫不答复。虽然有些人可能被国家的中心回答,但我们致力于建立肯塔基州在本地回应的能力,并且非常高兴地将另一个CMHC添加到我们的生命线危机中心提供商名单中。“

Crisis call centers have served thousands of Kentuckians:

• In 2018,肯塔基州回应了在美国两国250万的30,964次呼叫。
• Nearly 40 percentof those callers accessed services through the Veteran’s Crisis Line.
• Nearly 160accessed services through the Spanish Language Line.
• On average, Kentucky residents call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 350 times each week.

A newly approved, national three-digit number, 988, will go online in July 2022 and make accessing mental health and suicide prevention resources as easy as calling 911 for physical health care.

扩大肯生命线危机打电话给分ers to the Pathway region was made possible following a grant award from Vibrant Emotional Health, which provided over $9 million in funding to 12 states to expand crisis line capacity. Awardees are expected to reach in-state answer rates of 80 percent, with an ultimate goal of achieving at least a 90 percent in-state answer rate following the grant period.

From Cabinet for Health and Family Services

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