Nebraska DHHS Awarded 988 State Planning Grant

Nebraska DHHS Awarded 988 State Planning Grant

LINCOLN, NE (STL.News) The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Divisions of Behavioral Health and Public Health have received the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s 988 State Planning Grant through Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit administrator of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. ?

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).  Anyone needing support should continue to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) until then.

The grant will help DHHS and other partners participate in the development of a strategic plan to address projected infrastructure needs, volume growth, and access to the Lifeline’s new 988 number in Nebraska.  Vibrant has awarded grants to 49 states and territories.

“Access to mental health and crisis support has never been more critical for Americans,” said Kimberly Williams, president and chief executive officer of Vibrant Emotional Health.  “Vibrant is committed to providing states and territories with some of the resources they’ll need to plan for the implementation of 988 and to support their local crisis systems.  By working together, we will increase access to care, reduce the stigma around mental health and, ultimately, save lives.”

Alongside the Nebraska Public Service Commission, the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, NAMI-Nebraska, the Boys Town National Hotline, and numerous other system partners, DHHS will review coordination, capacity, funding, and communications surrounding the launch of 988. 

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