Bill to Create Statewide Mental Health Hotline Hits Governor’s Desk

A bill to create a permanent statewide mental health hotline is on the governor’s desk for consideration.

The bill passed the House Tuesday.

It would make the hotline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It would also refer people experiencing a mental health crisis to service providers.

In 2018, a spending law included $3 million to create, operate and maintain the hotline pilot program.

This new bill would expand the program.

It could cost the state up to $2.5 million more a year.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office says the bill is under review.