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As of July 16th, there is a new option available to all California residents for mental health support. Dial 988 to connect to a mental health crisis hotline open 24/7. Government officials anticipate this number will be much easier to remember than prior phone numbers and will hopefully catch on like 911 currently is recognized for other kinds of emergencies.

In related news, our local Assemblymember for the 16th District, Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, is working on passing AB 988, the Miles Hall Lifeline and Suicide Prevention Act, which would add on funding for mobile crisis response teams across California. People experiencing a mental health crisis would be able to have access to trained healthcare professionals as part of responding to their emergency.