By Margaret M. Conner-Levin, MSW, Senior Associate In 2018, the National Association Of State Mental Health Program Directors outlined a model for creating a comprehensive crisis care continuum for youth up to age 18 years old (see Making the Case For A Comprehensive Children's Crisis Continuum Of Care). This model, or aspects of it, has been adopted in numerous states—including New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Nevada, and Michigan, with two specific goals. First, readily available treatment for youth in crisis with emphasis on safety and de-escalation of immediate crisis. Second, stabilization within 72 hours. What does a Comprehensive Children's Crisis Continuum Of Care look like? A fully-developed system…
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