“In In just a matter of weeks, the approximately 100 calls received every day at a local crisis center — everything from people who feel suicidal to those who are grieving or stressed — are expected to jump to about 500 daily.”
Metro Crisis Services is a nonprofit local hotline that just won a $3million state contract to expand its call center into the first statewide mental health crisis hotline. The state contract is a part of a $20 million plan that aims to change the way people with mental health crisis are able to access assistance. This plan was proposed by Gov. John Hickenlooper after the Aurora theater shooting and the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.
The contract also include funding the creation of a custom database to allow clinicians and peer specialists to access resource directory information or evaluation checklists faster, and to help track the use and effectiveness of the hotline.