Phone tax would pay for suicide prevention number
Last updated 4/1/2021 at 10:23am
Connecting people considering suicide with immediate help is the aim of a proposed law that funds a 988 emergency number with a new tax on phone lines.
"There are a lot of great things about this legislation, but what it really boils down to is this crisis hotline will save lives," said Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds), one of the bill's sponsors.
Putting someone who is having suicidal thoughts or is in the midst of a mental health crisis immediately in touch with a trained professional has been proven to be incredibly effective, Peterson said.
"This will also help reduce calls to 911, freei...