I am writing to share exciting news! Last week the 988 Implementation Act (H.R. 7116) was introduced. In July 2022, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the nation's main connection point to suicide prevention, mental health and substance use crisis response services, will officially transition to a new, easier to remember, three-digit dialing code (9-8-8). By expanding community-based mental health and substance use treatment services and dedicating resources for regional and local call centers and mobile crisis response programs, this bill will help ensure the right infrastructure is in place so anyone who is in need of care and dials 9-8-8 has someone to talk to, someone to come to them, and somewhere to go.
Will you take two minutes today to urge your legislators to support this 9-8-8 legislation?
As you know, the nation is facing tragic mental health and substance use crises, and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exacerbate the urgent need for access to lifesaving treatment. While the adoption of 9-8-8 is a momentous step toward improving access to rapid and lifesaving mental health and substance use crisis care, it will require significant investment and coordination over the coming years to realize and fulfill its potential. Congressional action is needed to support a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated care system that ensures everyone can access the life saving services they need.
Thank you for your advocacy.
President and CEO
National Council for Mental Wellbeing