Minnesota Legislative Leaders suggest state funding boost for 988 service

Photo by: SAMHSA
Photo by: SAMHSA

(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota legislative leaders are suggesting a state funding boost for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

Lawmakers say federal funding isn't enough to keep the service vibrant in the state.

Mental health organization NAMI's executive director says deaths by suicide went up by over 100 people to more than 800 Minnesotans in 2021.

A House bill would add up to 25 cents to landline and wireless bills to fund 988 and its operations.