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Kentucky receives funds for suicide crisis line known as 988

The FCC is moving forward with assigning a three-digit number, likely to be 988 to be a direct...
The FCC is moving forward with assigning a three-digit number, likely to be 988 to be a direct link to trained mental health professionals, with The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. (Source: WBRC)(WTVY News 4)
Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 9:04 AM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky has received $340,000 to help plan for changing over to a crisis phone line that will be known as 988.

Gov. Andy Beshear says the funding came from Vibrant Emotional Health, which is the nonprofit administrator of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

He says the three-digit hotline allows access to mental health care similar to the 911 system for physical health.

The new 988 line will become the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in July 2022.

Until then, the current phone number of (800) 273-TALK (8255) will remain in operation.

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