We did it! The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the bipartisan S. 2661, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. This bill is an important step to making 9-8-8, a nationwide three-digit dialing code for mental health crises and suicide prevention, operational. It passed the Senate earlier this year and will now go to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
Mental health crises deserve a mental health response and this law helps us get one step closer to that reality. This win is especially meaningful during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has already passed a major hurdle and approved 9-8-8, with a goal to have it available by July 2022.* S. 2661 will make 9-8-8 fully operational and provide resources to meet the demand for mental health services. To help communities prepare, S. 2661 also permits states to impose fees that will allow for timely and well-trained crisis response.