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Centerstone and a coalition of over 40 other behavioral health care organizations and non-profits extend support for H.R. 4194 – The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act to establish 988 as the three-digit telephone number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. The legislation, introduced by Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT), has bipartisan support in Congress led by Representatives Seth Moulton (D-MA); Greg Gianforte (R-MT); and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX).

Behavioral health leaders from across the nation are urging Congress to pass the bill and ensure this service is universally available and fully funded. An easy-to-remember three-digit hotline for mental health and suicide prevention would make crisis resources more accessible and help save lives.

According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which recommended 988 serve as the suicide prevention hotline, more than 47,000 Americans died by suicide, and more than 1.4 million adults attempted suicide in 2017. Establishing a universal three-digit telephone number will reach those in need while simultaneously reducing the burden on 911 for mental health emergencies.

Centerstone is a non-profit health care organization dedicated to delivering care that changes people’s lives. Centerstone provides mental health and addiction treatment, education and support to communities in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee and additionally offer individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities life skills development, employment, and housing services. Nationally, we have specialized programs for service members, veterans, and their loved ones, and develop employee assistance programs for businesses of all sizes. 

This was reported by Centerstone on September 12, 2019. 

Contact information: Centerstone, 44 Vantage Way, Nashville, Tennessee 37228; Website: http://centerstone.org


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