Call 988: How will California pay for the new crisis hotline?
Cal Matters / September 2, 2021
In California, cities, counties and call centers are proceeding with preparations for an influx of new callers – with or without funding in place.
The city of Los Angeles started a pilot program in February to divert 9-1-1 calls to Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center. Now, the county says it’s hustling to find additional sources of funding, especially if the bill and budget request don’t pass.
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