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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Congresswoman Johnson’s National Suicide Hotline Designation Act Included in The Heroes Act

May 17, 2020
Press Release

            Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced that The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, the bipartisan legislation she introduced with Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT), Seth Moulton (D-MA), and Greg Gianforte (R-MT), was included in the House approved bill, The Heroes Act.   

“Last week, I was pleased that this bipartisan bill passed unanimously in the Senate, and a few days later, as part of the Heroes Act in the House of Representatives. As a former chief psychiatric nurse, I have spent my legislative career advocating for more accessible mental health resources in our communities,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “Since the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act passed in the House and Senate through separate mechanisms, we must continue to push for passage of the bill through the Conference Committee, which consists of both House and Senate members, so that this critical effort can become law with the president’s signature,” continued Congresswoman Johnson. “I remain hopeful that the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act will move quickly through this legislative process, since our communities are in significant need of mental health support and resources during these difficult times.” 

The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act directs the Federal Communications Commission to designate 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system. The system would include the Veterans Crisis Line to specifically support veterans seeking mental health support. The bill authorizes states to collect a fee, limited to supporting local crisis call centers that are affiliated within the national network of enhancements of such services.

Dialing 9-8-8, a three-digit number, instead of a full phone number is much easier to remember - especially when you or a loved one are in a crisis or in need of help,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “This suicide prevention lifeline is designed to save lives.”