Help make 9-8-8 a reality!
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has proposed designating 9-8-8 as the national number for mental health crises and suicide prevention. A comment period is now open through February 14 to advise the FCC on next steps. More information on how to submit comments can be found below.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is now accepting comments, and we need you to speak up. Numbers count, so it is important for NAMI advocates and NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates to raise their voice to support this proposed rule. We encourage you to submit comments on behalf of your NAMI Affiliate or State Organization. In addition, we hope you will also consider sending out information to your email lists to give your advocates an opportunity to respond, as well (see #2 below).
Deadline: All comments must be submitted by February 14, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.
Submit your comments here.In the "Proceeding" section, write "18-336" or search "suicide." At the bottom of the form, cut and paste the following comments. Please fill in your NAMI State Organization or NAMI Affiliate name and add a story or information about what this hotline would mean to your community.
Feel free to craft your own message, or use the following template:
Our nation needs a nationwide, 3-digit number (9-8-8) for suicide prevention and other mental health crises. Anyone who experiences a mental health crisis should be able to access help as easily as someone experiencing a physical health emergency. A 3-digit number should be available to every community and have the resources to provide help to every American who needs it.
I ask the FCC to make it a priority for the new 9-8-8 system to be nationally available and adequately resourced, so that my community and others can provide the services necessary to anyone in crisis.
<Insert personal paragraph about what this would mean to you, your family, or your community.>
Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments and for your commitment to helping every American affected by mental illness.
Learn more about mental health | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washington with our 19 affiliates advocates that the 2019 Washington Legislature expand treatment and facilities for those with mental health conditions. Seven percent of the US population is seriously affected by mental health challenges. Another 20-45% need mental health care, including counseling, at some time in our lives. We can limit or prevent the homelessness, loss of productivity in the workforce and mental anguish brought on by depression, delusions, hallucinations, substance use and other brain disorders by focusing on prevention and recovery and not just crisis intervention.
The 2014 investments of $23 million for specialized crisis services, $28 million to implement changes that broaden the criteria for commitment under the state’s involuntary treatment act, and $863,000 requiring the use of Evidence Based Practices and the creation of performance measures for service organizations are steps towards building a more comprehensive mental health system.
There is more to do. Community hospital adult admissions in our state are up 117%, more than double since 2007; meanwhile, expenditures on mental health care grew only 28% during the same period. Six percent of those with a mental health condition are homeless or in jail. Washington also ranks next to the bottom in the percentage of affected individuals who are employed at 8.6%. Medicaid, not the state, funds 70% of our publicly funded mental health clinics. We must invest in more specialized care for children and young adults too, where mental health challenges threaten to derail their hopes and likelihoods of achieving self-sufficiency as productive citizens. Lamentably, Washington spends 40% below the average of other states per capita in mental health care.
NAMI Washington's 2019 Legislative Priorities are available by clicking here.
NAMI Washington is proud to stand in support of the following: