Governor’s State Budget Proposal Designates $28k for 988 Hotline Services
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 13, 2021, file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson answers media's questions in Kansas City, Mo. Parson on Thursday, Oct, 14, 2021 condemned the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper for exposing a flaw in a state database that allowed public access to thousands of teachers' Social Security numbers, even though the paper held off from reporting about the flaw until after the state could fix it. (Shelly Yang/The Kansas City Star via AP, File)

(MISSOURINET) – Governor Mike Parson is proposing 28-million-dollars in his state budget proposal to continue Missouri’s 988 Crisis Hotline. State Department of Mental Health Director Valerie Huhn (hoon) says 988 serves as the emergency hotline for mental health crisis.

Missouri’s seven regional call centers operate 24/7 to answer 988 calls, texts, and chats. The state has 14 of its 18 988 crisis centers currently operating. Missouri anticipates having statewide 988 mobile crisis response teams up and running by March.

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