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Bill Detail: SB21-154

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Title 988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network
Status Sent to the Governor (06/18/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Human Services
House Sponsors L. Cutter (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate Sponsors C. Kolker (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House Committee Public and Behavioral Health & Human Services
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 03/01/2021
Summary

On October 17, 2020, congress passed the National Suicide
Hotline Designation Act of 2020 designating 988 as the 3-digit number
for the national suicide prevention lifeline to aid rapid access to suicide
prevention and mental health support services. The bill implements 988
as the 3-digit number for crisis response services in Colorado.
On or before July 1, 2022, the department of human services

(department) shall contract with a nonprofit organization to create the 988
crisis hotline center to provide intervention services and crisis care
coordination to individuals calling the 988 crisis hotline 24 hours a day,
7 days a week.
Beginning January 1, 2022, a 988 surcharge (surcharge) is imposed
on service users in an amount to be established by the public utilities
commission (commission) on an annual basis. The bill requires each
service supplier to collect the surcharge from its service users and remit
the collected surcharges to the commission on a monthly basis. The state
treasurer shall credit the surcharge collections to the 988 surcharge cash
fund (fund).
The bill imposes a prepaid wireless 988 charge on each retail
transaction in an amount to be established by the commission on an
annual basis. The bill requires each seller to collect the prepaid wireless
988 charge from the consumer on each retail transaction occurring in the
state and remit the collected charges to the department of revenue. The
state treasurer shall credit the prepaid wireless 988 charge to the fund.
The office of behavioral health in the department may expend
money from the fund for the administration and operation of the 988
crisis hotline center.
Beginning January 1, 2023, and each January 1 thereafter, the
department shall submit information about the usage of the 988 crisis
hotline center to the federal substance abuse and mental health services
administration, and information about the expenditures of the fund to the
federal communications commission.

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