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Bill Creating LGBTQ-Inclusive 988 Suicide Hotline Now on Trump’s Desk

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Bill Creating LGBTQ-Inclusive 988 Suicide Hotline Now on Trump’s Desk The U.S. House of Representatives Monday unanimously approved the establishment of a three-digit number, 988, for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, making it much easier to dial than the current 10-digit one, and the legislation includes several provisions specific to LGBTQ+ people.

The Senate had approved the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act in May, and the House action makes it the first LGBTQ+-inclusive measure to pass both houses of Congress by a unanimous vote, according to the Trevor Project, which provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBTQ+ young people.

The LGBTQ+ provisions include requirements for LGBTQ+ cultural competency training for all lifeline counselors and the establishment of an integrated voice response option for LGBTQ+ youth and other high-risk populations to reach specialized care.

The Federal Communications Commission formally approved a two-year phase-in plan for the number July 16. The legislation passed by Congress was necessary to establish a funding mechanism for the lifeline and to approve the provisions for LGBTQ+ people and other specific populations.

Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, introduced the bill in the Senate, with one Republican, Jerry Moran of Kansas, and two Democrats, Tammy Baldwin of […]

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