DAYTON, Ohio — Starting Jan. 1, anyone in Montgomery County can access mental or behavioral health services at any time with just a phone call.
The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board partnered with Recovery Innovations international to launch the Crisis Now Hotline, a 24/7 call service to connect callers with on-the-phone counselors or if necessary a mobile crisis response unit.
What You Need To Know
- Montgomery County’s Crisis Now Hotline launched Jan. 1
- Callers dial 833-580-CALL for immediate mental health assistance
- Counselors can dispatch a mobile crisis unit to intervene on-site
- The service is hoping to launch a short-term shelter to help with intervention
- The goal is to divert mental health emergencies from police and hospitals
Callers dial 833-580-CALL or 833-580-2255 and are immediately connected with trained crisis counselors with Behavioral Health Link. Gina Gibson, BHL CEO, said they’ve been trained to determine whether the crisis can be resolved over the phone, needs on-scene intervention or whether the caller needs a place to go.
Alfini, M. (2022, January 2). Crisis Now Hotline offers 24/7 support, on-site help for callers in mental health emergencies. Spectrum News 1 Ohio. https://spectrumnews1.com/oh/columbus/news/2021/12/30/montgomery-county-launches-24-7-crisis-hotline