Blue background with white text: Millions of people in the Deaf community will now have access to the crucial support available through the 988 lifeline, said Allison Barkoff, The Principal Deputy Administrator for the US Administration on Community Living; thus making the 988 hotline more accessible.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Adds American Sign Language

By Tracy Waller, Esq., MPH

On September 8, 2023the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, added nationwide American Sign Language (ASL) services in an effort to make suicide prevention more accessible. In 2020, as directed by Congress through the enacted budget for Fiscal Year 2021, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), launched the 988 dialing code through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The creation of 988 expanded access for people experiencing mental health crisis through an easily remembered three-digit number. 

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