“9-8-8” Bill Passes Congress!
On Monday, Sept. 21, NAMI celebrated the passage of S. 2661: the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020. The bill establishes the plan to implement a universal three-digit number, 9-8-8, for mental health crises and suicide prevention. This number has the potential to save lives when every second counts.
The bill will now head to the President to be signed into law. The Federal Communications Commission has stated that this it will become operational by July 2022. To help communities prepare, S. 2661 also permits states to impose fees that will allow for timely and well-trained crisis response.
Congress Passes New Bill To Improve Veterans’ Mental Health Care
On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, NAMI celebrated the U.S. House of Representatives’ unanimous passage of a landmark bipartisan bill, S. 785, The Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act. The bill previously passed the Senate and will now go to President Trump for his signature.
This bill is named in honor of NAMI Montana member and retired Navy SEAL Commander John Scott Hannon, who served for 23 years and fought a courageous battle with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and bipolar disorder.