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Colorado responds to approval of federal 988 suicide lifeline

Hotline expected to be fully operational by 2022


Last updated 7/22/2020 at 1:16pm

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) released the following statement responding to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote last week to establish 988 as the nationwide number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

“For those experiencing a behavioral health crisis, timely care can save lives,” said Robert Werthwein, director of OBH, which funds and oversees Colorado Crisis Services. “Using an easy-to-remember number like 988 has the potential to improve access and increase calls. 988 is not yet operational, however, so Coloradan...

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