Save the Date: Digital Day of Action on July 20 to Promote 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline to Criminal Justice Stakeholders

July 20, 2022

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) will be implementing the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline on July 16, 2022. For criminal justice stakeholders, 988 is an important opportunity to shift people in crisis toward appropriate care and ideally minimize contact with law enforcement and the justice system. To fully take advantage of this, however, criminal justice partners need to be aware of what 988 provides and prepare processes to appropriately direct people to 988 prior to contact with law enforcement and through to reentry.

To promote the implementation of 988 to a criminal justice audience, The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, working closely with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance and SAMHSA, is organizing a broad group of national organizations involved with criminal justice and behavioral health crisis response to raise awareness through social media.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022, will be a digital “Day of Action” focused on informing criminal justice stakeholders about the opportunities this new dialing code presents.

If interested in engaging in this day of action as a partner, please complete your registration form by Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Any questions can be sent to Hallie Fader-Towe at [email protected]. Partners will receive a promotional toolkit that includes suggested language and digital graphics that can be used on social media and newsletter channels during the day of action.

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