State Rep. Andrea Schroeder today voted to create a permanent, statewide mental health hotline to connect people in need with important support services.
The plan – House Bill 4051 – was given final legislative approval with the House’s overwhelming bipartisan 101-7 vote and now heads to the governor for consideration.
“This round-the-clock hotline will help people who don’t know where to turn receive the assistance they need when facing a mental health crisis,” said Schroeder, of Oakland County’s Independence Township. “This service has the power to improve and save lives, and I am proud to support it. It’s an important piece of the efforts to boost awareness and improve mental health for people from every walk of life across Michigan. Representative Mary Whiteford, Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, did great work on this legislation and I look forward to our ongoing discussions on how to keep improving access to mental health care.”
The hotline would be known as the Michigan Crisis and Access Line (MCAL). It would be used to help connect people to local services, including referral to community mental health services or substance use disorder services when applicable.
The statewide hotline stems from the House’s C.A.R.E.S taskforce that was created to help solve Michigan’s mental health crisis.