Below please find a link to a training titled  “Coping Strategies & Techniques for Emergency Behavioral Health Responders” that was held on Friday 04/17/2020. The training was presented by Steve Crimando (from NJ).  It is an excellent 1 1/2 hour BH training (PowerPoint webinar) for anyone seeking to help others during COVID-19.

Please feel free to share this important training opportunity to any and all that would benefit.

The Emergency Crisis Response Behavioral Health Consortium and Natalie Herberg helped make it possible for Steve Crimando to reach out to our Pennsylvania EBH coordinators. It is now available to anyone!

It is an outstanding training and well worth watching.  It can be down loaded and watched whenever one is able to. 

Our state (and other states, the U.N., FEMA, NYPD, NCPTSD, Dept. of Homeland Security, etc.) continues to utilize Steve and his subject matter expertise to educate on the many aspects of crisis response! 

He will be doing an additional live training for PA on May 6th addressing our police/fire/EMS. 

 Link Here

If you or someone you know are experiencing a crisis at this time, Keystone Disaster Spiritual Care Network is offering a hotline. Find their flyer here.


The Crisis Intervention Association of Pennsylvania was organized in 1973. It is an Organization with a broad range of members including Professionals, Physicians, Crisis Intervention Workers, Disaster Responders and people who merely have an interest in the field of Crisis Intervention or Mental Health Emergency services.

The mission of the Association is to promote and enhance quality crisis services for individuals, families and the communities in Pennsylvania. The Association will provide a forum for open communication between crisis intervention providers and other mental health professionals statewide. The Crisis Intervention Association acts as an advocate by providing a unified voice, at both the state and regional levels by participating and helping influence the development of legislation and regulations which impacts crisis intervention services.

The Association strives to provide and promote opportunities for crisis intervention, education, training and annual conferences.

The Association currently meets quarterly.

1 (800) 273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


The 2020 CRISIS Conference, “Creating Your Crisis Toolbox: Having the Right Tools for the Job,” will be November 18-19 at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Workshop proposals are being accepted until March 20. Download the form here or fill it out online.

Check back regularly for updates on the CIAP 2020 Conference.

SAMHSA has released their latest best practice toolkit for behavioral health crisis care. Find it here.


Patrick Morrison, President

Marlin Rose, Vice President


 Kim Hall, Treasurer


Scott Pino, Secretary

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The 3rd Annual Kingfish Memorial Scholarship is now open for nominations. Submit your nomination form by October 31, 2019.

What People Are Saying

“The Crisis Intervention Association of PA’s annual conference is one of the better among all of the states as they bring in all levels of expertise from the front lines to the state administrators-people with real experience and much expertise around planning, operations and training as well as lessons learned. This is an annual conference that is worthwhile consistently.”

April Natural, Traumatic Stress Specialist, ICF International

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“Crisis Intervention Services and other emergency services are often the first or only contact for local community members seeking information or access to behavioral health services. Additionally, these services act as a safety net for community emergencies and provide access for other community members with long standing mental illnesses. The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services have asked the CIAP to engage with them in building a high quality system of crisis and emergency services across the Commonwealth. The CIAP has brought its diverse membership and talent to assist in determining the “state of the state”, assist in policy development and identify best practices.”

– Joan Erney
Former Deputy Secretary of Public Welfare