[Preparing to Pivot Virtual Summit] Session 1: Leveraging the Opportunity for 9-8-8

When:  May 18, 2022 from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM (ET)

[Preparing to Pivot Virtual Summit] Session 1: Leveraging the Opportunity for 9-8-8 in Your Community

12:30–2:00 p.m ET

This presentation will focus on the implementation of the 9-8-8 national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system as a tool to support public access to the local continuum of crisis care services. Despite the rapidly approaching timeline for when the 9-8-8 line is anticipated to "go live," many communities are still grappling with the implications of implementing this hotline and how it will impact the use of 911, law enforcement, and local crisis services. A national subject-matter expert will open the presentation with an overview of 9-8-8 implementation and critical considerations at the state and local levels for successful utilization of this new resource. This will be followed by presentations from two state presenters on their current progress in working towards 9-8-8 implementation. A Q&A will follow to provide attendees an opportunity to discuss questions and ideas regarding the implementation of 9-8-8 in their communities.


  • John Draper, PhD, Executive Director, Lifeline; Executive Vice President of National Networks, Vibrant
  • Lucrece Pierre-Carr, MSSW, Director, Crisis Services Unit, Mental Health Programs, Policy, and Planning, Chief Program and Services Office, Behavioral Health Services, Texas Health and Human Services
  • Jennifer Battle, MSW, Director of Access, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, Houston, Texas