The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving forward with a proposal to create a three-digit, nationwide suicide prevention and mental health hotline, the agency announced Thursday.
The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and Office of Economics and Analytics submitted a joint report to Congress on Wednesday laying out its recommendation for the new hotline to be designated 988.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he intends to act on the recommendation and move forward with a rulemaking proceeding.
A year ago, President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE signed the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act, a law that directs the FCC to begin creating the new line, similar to a nationwide 311 or 911.
The number for the current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.
The staff report submitted to Congress Wednesday found that “designating a 3-digit code dedicated solely for the purpose of a national suicide prevention and mental health hotline would likely make it easier for Americans in crisis to access potentially life-saving resources.”
The proposal for a new hotline will be subject to a period of public comment and a final vote among the FCC’s commissioners before it can go into effect.