Michigan poised to create permanent statewide mental health hotline

Posted at 6:34 AM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 06:34:17-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is poised to create a permanent statewide mental health hotline under legislation that going to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The House passed the bill 101-7 Tuesday.

The telephone referral system would be available 24 hours a day, seven days of week and would refer people experiencing a mental health crisis to service providers.

A spending law approved in 2018 included $3 million to develop, operate and maintain a hotline pilot program. The new legislation is intended as a way to expand that program statewide, which could cost the state between $1 million and $2.5 million more annually.

Supporters say the hotline would help those who do not know where to turn — potentially keeping families together and saving lives. A spokeswoman for Whitmer said the bill was under review.