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How 988 and 911 Services Complement Each Other in Mental Health Crises

In this video, law enforcement liaison, Kirk Vernon, at the Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ, discusses how 988 and 911 can complement each other to support crisis response. He highlights the value of 988 as a more comforting and appropriate option where behavioral health crises without a criminal or medical nexus can be handled over the phone, rather than a potentially triggering in-person police response. Watch this video to learn more about the role of 988 in behavioral health crises.

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