A bill establishing a hotline that connects those experiencing a mental health crisis with resources is now on the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
House Bill 4051, sponsored by state Rep. Mary Whiteford (R-Casco Twp.), was presented to the governor Thursday after receiving final passage in the Legislature this week. The hotline would be available 24 hours a day and provide access to any Michigan resident in need, she said.
“When experiencing a mental health crisis, many people aren’t sure where to turn,” said Whiteford, a registered nurse and chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee. “The emergency room really isn’t the right place. Operators at the Michigan Crisis and Access Line will ensure everyone knows they have mental health care available to them, regardless of their insurance coverage.”