SPRINGFIELD (IOCI RADIO) – Legislation addressing mental health emergencies is headed to the governor’s desk.
A new nationwide suicide prevention hotline number, 988, will be operational next summer. A bill passed by lawmakers requires communities to coordinate the new number with their 911 systems, so that calls are directed appropriately for people to get the help they need.
State Rep. Kelly Cassidy of Chicago said the bill was prompted in part by the death of a 15-year-old Calumet City teen.
The measure still needs to be signed into law by the governor.