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.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)