988 Legislation

In 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially designated 988 as the new 3-digit phone number for mental health crisis and suicide prevention services. This indicated the beginning of a 2 year implementation plan to get 988 operational by July 16th, 2022. These calls will be routed through the Nationals Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Senate then passed the bill in October of 2020.

S.2661 - National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 

Below are some further steps that have been taken, relating to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Student ID Bill 

FCC Report on the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018 

SCDMH Receives Funds to Support 988 Line in SC

SAMHSA 9-8-8 Article 


 In order to properly fund 988, and keep it sustainable, we need you! Call your local legislators! Tell them to fund 988. Tell them why you think this crisis continuum is important. You can find your local representatives here!

 Thank you in advance for all your support!

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