State Lawmakers Push For Shorter Suicide Hotline Number

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ALBANY – A group of New York lawmakers are continuing the push for a three-digit suicide hotline number.

They want to change the current 11-digit number to 988. They say shortening the hotline and treating it like 911 will save lives.

Nationwide, lawmakers are also considering shortening the hotline number to 988.

The Federal Communications Commission has also voiced support for the change.

State leaders hope to update the number this session.


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