Summary: This bill requires the Federal Communications Commission to designate 9–8–8 as the universal telephone number for a national suicide prevention and mental-health crisis hotline. (Cosponsors, Partisan)
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 11/14/19.
STATUS: Introduced 08/20/19 by Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2].
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “Utahns have faced the tragic effects of suicide at some of the highest rates in the nation. Today’s announcement by the FCC is another important step to provide critical resources to address mental health and suicide in our state and country. This will save lives.” – Rep. Chris Stewart (Source: Rep. Stewart, Press release, 08/20/19)
- NAMI is thrilled by the introduction of H.R. 4194, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. The bill directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to designate 9-8-8 as the 3-digit dialing code for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. This would make it easier for Americans experiencing a crisis to receive immediate and appropriate mental health support and referral. (Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Link to the text of the bill.
Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.