Reps. Beyer, Katko and Napolitano introduce HR 4564 the Suicide Prevention Lifeline Improvement Act

  • Increases funding for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline to $50 million;
  • Requires HHS to develop and implement a plan to increase quality assurance, eliminate call wait times, implement evidence-based practices, ensure resources are available, and create guidelines to carry out periodic testing of the Lifeline;
  • Requires increased coordination and data sharing between the Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the CDC;
  • Creates a pilot program to research and employ innovative technologies for suicide prevention;
  • Requires a study and report to Congress from both HHS and GAO on the plan implemented by HHS to reform the Lifeline as well as other recommendations for improvement to the Lifeline’s operations
  • Text of the bill and a one-pager can be found here.
  • For additional information, please contact: Jennifer.Wood@mail.house.gov (Rep. Katko)

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