988 and Other Numbers: What the Data Tells Us So Far

Sozosei Summit Solution Labs

March 1, 2024, from 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm ET


Please join us on March 1, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm for a virtual convening to explore what we know about 988.

The goal of the panel is to address cutting-edge research and data about 988 in order to decriminalize mental illness and inform the continued efforts to build a robust and human-centered crisis care continuum across the nation. 

Sozosei Summit Solution Labs — a new series of virtual events — enables us to dig deeper into topics that accelerate the decriminalization of mental illness. 


Speakers & Panelists

  • Melissa M. Beck, Esq., Executive Director, Sozosei Foundation (Opening Remarks)
  • Stephanie Brooks Holliday, PhD, Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND
  • Daniel Fichter, Founder, CrisisCrowd
  • Monica S. Johnson, MA, LPC, Director, SAMHSA 988 and Behavioral Health Crisis Coordinating Office
  • Ted Lutterman, Senior Director of Government & Commercial Research, NRI
  • Eric Rafla-Yuan, MD, 988 Accessibility and Equity Working Group Chair, California Office of Emergency Services (Moderator)


2024 Sozosei Summit to Decriminalize Mental Illness

2024 Sozosei Summit

REGISTRATION OPEN: April 16–17, 2024

Curiosity > Ideas > Action


Do we truly believe that all people deserve access to mental health care? 

This fundamental and purposely provocative question will kick off the 2024 Summit and set the stage for further inquiry, including: 

  • How do we ensure that humanity, empathy, and compassion are at the center of the care-coercion crossroads, and what role might psychiatric advance directives play in that effort?
  • What would be the impact of building an intersectional movement to decriminalize healthcare, including the decriminalization of mental health, substance use, abortion, HIV status, trans healthcare, and more?
  • Paying for mental healthcare has been an ongoing barrier to treatment, how can we accelerate change in private and public insurance to ensure access? 
  • What do we know about the decriminalization of mental illness? An update on the creation of a national research framework.
  • How might a national creative communications campaign disrupt the status quo of the criminalization of mental illness?

After these panels, Summit participants will break into smaller groups, and, using the ideas sparked at the panels, will build frameworks that convert those ideas into blueprints for next steps and action. 

Learn more and view the agenda, currently in formation, here and we welcome you to share your ideas for speakers and topics here

Note, this year, the Summit will not be live-streamed. It will, however, be recorded. There are only 265 available seats for in-person participation, so please register early.

We hope you will join us! 

Past Convenings

June 28, 2023

The Foundation welcomed more than 250 participants to discuss the role of the built environment in decriminalizing mental illness. We were honored to host speakers S. Rebecca Neusteter, PhD, Executive Director of the University of Chicago Health Lab; Katya Fels Smyth, Founder and CEO of Full Frame Initiative; and Clyde Valentin, Co-Artistic Director of One Nation/One Project, in conversation with Melissa M. Beck, Esq., Executive Director of the Sozosei Foundation.

April 14, 2023

The Foundation convened over 60 funders to preview a sizzle reel of a new documentary, COMMITTED. Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmakers Ken Rosenberg, MD, and Peter Miller then engaged in conversation with Melissa M. Beck, Esq., Executive Director of the Sozosei Foundation. Set in Akron, Ohio, the film centers on Judges Elinor Marsh Stormer and Alison Breaux, who preside over civil courts working to ensure people with mental illness have access to care in the community. Learn more about the film here.  

December 5 – 7, 2022

Centered on themes of (Re)Imagining, (Re)Considering, and (Re)Framing, the Summit asked: what is essential to decriminalize mental illness while exploring how to increase access to mental health care in communities throughout the United States.