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File #: 22-0127R    Version: 0 Name: Informational Hearing - 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Type: City Council Resolution Status: In Committee
File created: 8/15/2022 In control: Health, Environment, and Technology
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: Informational Hearing - 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline For the purpose of inviting representatives from the Baltimore City Health Department, the Baltimore City Fire Department, the Baltimore Police Department, the Department of Finance, the Baltimore City Law Department, and other interested parties to appear before the City Council to discuss the implementation of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, its anticipated impact on individuals that use this resource, and the implementation plan for Baltimore City.
Sponsors: Danielle N. McCray, Sharon Green Middleton
Indexes: Informational Hearing, Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Attachments: 1. 22-0127R~1st Reader, 2. 22-0127R- Law
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
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City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember McCray



A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Informational Hearing - 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
For the purpose of inviting representatives from the Baltimore City Health Department, the Baltimore City Fire Department, the Baltimore Police Department, the Department of Finance, the Baltimore City Law Department, and other interested parties to appear before the City Council to discuss the implementation of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, its anticipated impact on individuals that use this resource, and the implementation plan for Baltimore City.
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The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launched nationally on Saturday, July 16, 2022. The Lifeline is the product of the federal National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020, a law aimed at creating a pathway to mental health care that is easy for those in need to access. The Act seeks to offer individuals who dial 988 the same level of attention and care for suicidal ideation and mental health emergencies as those who call 911 for medical emergencies. Ideally, an individual who contacts 988 will quickly be connected to a trained crisis counselor who will provide support to the individual and dispatch a mobile crisis response unit, if necessary, to take the individual to a crisis stabilization location.

In light of its recent rollout, it is imperative that the public understands what the Lifeline
offers and what...

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