Talk: 988 -- Putting Mental Health Policy to Practice
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- Open to the public
Please join us on Zoom to hear Jodi Kwarciany (Senior Manager, Mental Health Policy) and Stephanie Pasternak (Senior Manager, State Affairs, Government Relations, Policy & Advocacy) from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) speak about “988: Putting Mental Health Policy to Practice.” NAMI is “the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.” This is the last talk in the Schroeder Center for Health Policy’s speaker series on “State Policy on Mental Health and Substance Abuse.”
In 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed in a report to the U.S. Congress that 988 be used as a “3-digital dialing code” to be “used for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system.” The FCC, in 2020, then adopted rules to make this happen. By July 16, 2022, anyone who calls 988 will be connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is “a national network of approximately 170 local- and state-funded crisis centers.” NAMI urges all policymakers “to ensure the necessary resources are in place” before full implementation of the 988 hotline. Ms. Kwarciany and Ms. Pasternak will speak about 988, its implementation, and NAMI’s position.
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Kelly Metcalf-Meese ([[klmetcalfmeese]]) at the Schroeder Center for Health Policy