Dial 988: State’s new mental health crisis hotline debuts

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Valley News - Health
Jocelyn WienerCalmattersStarting Saturday, people experiencing mental health crises need to remember just three numbers to dial for help: 988.The new federal number – debuting in California and across the country this weekend – is billed as an alternative to 911 for people experiencing mental health emergencies. Here, advocates said the shortcut will make it simpler for people in crisis to tap into the state’s network of 13 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call centers.The plan has been in the works for nearly two years.In October 2020, former President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan bill to establish 988 as a national number. The law also gave states the option to fund call centers and mental health crisis services by attaching new fees to phone lines. So f
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