As of July 16, 2022, people experiencing a mental health, substance use or suicide crisis can call or text 988 or chat with the Lifeline at 988lifeline.org and be connected to trained crisis counselors in the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline network. These crisis counselors are trained to help anyone experiencing a mental health crisis or emotional distress. This is a great step forward to help people more easily access help during a crisis — but the work is just beginning. Currently, the system we need to have in place to respond to people in crisis who call 988 is only available in some communities — and often at insufficient levels to meet the demand. This presentation will provide an update on the transition to 988, an overview of an ideal crisis response system and what actions still need to happen so we can ensure that all people in crisis can receive an appropriate response.