Governor Kelly Announces KDADS Receives 988 State Planning Grant for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Topeka, KS (STL.News) Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has received the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s 988 State Planning Grant through Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit administrator of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline). Through this grant, awarded to 49 states and territories, KDADS will develop strategic plans for projected infrastructure needs, volume growth and access to the Lifeline’s new 988 number.
“I am pleased to see Kansas has been awarded this important grant to improve our state’s response to mental health crises,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “The pandemic has heightened the need for modern, comprehensive mental health resources across our state, and the creation of a new 988 number will help Kansans access support quickly during their times of need.”
In July 2022, 988 will become the national three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, replacing the current phone number of 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Americans needing support should continue to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) until then.
Vibrant believes the new 988 number, once implemented, will ensure the Lifeline will continue to be America’s mental health safety net by providing emotional support for people in distress, reducing suicides and mental health crises, and providing a pathway to well-being for all.