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$21.1 million to be awarded to improve 988 crisis line services in tribal communities

Jan 17, 2023 09:20AM ● By Content Editor
Photo: Jonas Leupe 

From National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota - January 8, 2023

What Cook County & Grand Portage Residents Need to Know about 988

The US Department of Health and Human Services (
HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), awarded $47 million to states and U.S. territories to expand and enhance 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline services. Later this month, HHS, through SAMHSA, plans to award $21.1 million in 988 Lifeline Tribal Response Grants and technical assistance to improve 988 response in tribal communities, which face unique challenges to accessing technology and crisis services. Minnesota was awarded $1 million which went to the MN Department of Health.

SAMHSA plans to award additional funds to further improve 988 response in tribal communities early next year. Additionally, this month, SAMHSA plans to award $64.8 million to 988 Lifeline administrator, Vibrant Emotional Health, to manage and expand access to local and national 988 Lifeline crisis centers, maintain and enhance language-based services, ensure effective system routing, training, evaluation, network operational outcomes, and improve access to specialized care for populations known to be at higher risk for suicide.

“Thanks to the additional funding provided to SAMHSA under the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, we are developing and expanding grant programs like these to help people across the country who are experiencing mental health and substance use-related distress to receive the support and care they need,” said Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and the leader of SAMHSA.

To read this original story and more news, follow this link to the National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota website.