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Support Mental Health Resources with the HELP Act

The Human-Services Emergency Logistics Program (HELP) Act will connect people in communities with the human-services and mental health resources they need while reducing the call and response burden on local and state law enforcement agencies. 

Many calls about non-criminal emergencies that are currently directed to 9-1-1 would be better served by the human-services and mental health providers of 2-1-1 and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 9-8-8. The HELP Act would bolster state and regional 2-1-1 and 9-8-8 systems, expand referral systems for essential emergency and long-term services, and ensure that people experiencing non-criminal emergencies receive the resources they need. 

The HELP Act would:

  • Divert non-criminal, non-fire, and non-medical emergency calls from 9-1-1 systems to state and regional 2-1-1 and 9-8-8 systems.
  • Provide each state with funds to build out its 2-1-1 and 9-8-8 referral systems to link callers to both emergency and long-term human-services and mental health resources in order to address their needs.
  • Create an oversight system for the 2-1-1 and 9-8-8 networks with community members who represent older adults, people with disabilities, ethnic and racial minorities and members of other communities.

You can voice your support for the HELP Act by contacting Senator Rubio and Senator Scott through our advocacy tool.

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