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Whitmer signs bill to create statewide mental health hotline

Posted at 3:51 AM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 06:03:41-05

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan will create a statewide mental health hotline under legislation signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

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

A spending law approved in 2018 included $3 million to develop, operate, and maintain a pilot hotline program.

The new law, which was enacted Monday and takes effect in three months, will expand that program statewide.

Whitmer says signing the legislation is “a necessary step towards giving all Michiganders the care they need.”