Chief Sponsor: Steve Eliason

Senate Sponsor: Daniel W. Thatcher


9     General Description:
10          This concurrent resolution recognizes that suicide is a public health crisis and
11     encourages the United States Congress to designate a nationwide N-1-1 mental health
12     crisis number to assist with mental health crisis intervention services.
13     Highlighted Provisions:
14          This resolution:
15          ▸     declares suicide to be a public health crisis;
16          ▸     recommends that the Federal Communications Commission investigate the N-1-1
17     numbers nationwide to determine the best number for a mental health crisis number;
18     and
19          ▸     petitions the Congress of the United States of America to designate an N-1-1
20     number as a nationwide mental health crisis number.
21     Special Clauses:
22          None

24     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
25          WHEREAS, in 2016 in the state of Utah, suicides were responsible for 613 deaths,
26     including 74 veterans and 33 children age 18 and younger;
27          WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of

28     Utah has one of the highest suicide rates in the country;
29          WHEREAS, many people are unaware of how to reach mental health or suicide
30     intervention resources in a moment of crisis;
31          WHEREAS, the U.S. Public Health Service has stated that easy access to support for
32     help-seeking is a protective factor for suicide;
33          WHEREAS, 9-1-1, an N-1-1 number, is the most recognized and successful phone
34     number in the United States;
35          WHEREAS, time and training restraints on most 9-1-1 dispatchers preclude the ability
36     to resolve mental health crisis calls without negatively impacting their primary mission;
37          WHEREAS, an N-1-1 number dedicated to mental and behavioral health services,
38     patterned after the successful 9-1-1 model for physical emergencies, could assist individuals
39     with suicide intervention or other mental health crises and save countless lives; and
40          WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage a public health
41     approach to suicide prevention:
42          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
43     Governor concurring therein, recognizes that suicide is a public health crisis.
44          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor request that the
45     Federal Communications Commission review N-1-1 numbers to recommend the best number
46     to use for a nationwide mental health crisis number and petition the Congress of the United
47     States of America to designate an N-1-1 number after consulting with the Federal
48     Communications Commission as to which N-1-1 number would be best suited for such use.
49          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor encourage other
50     states to pass similar resolutions to show broad support for the creation of a nationwide mental
51     health crisis number.
52          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to the President of
53     the United States, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United
54     States House of Representatives, the members of Utah's congressional delegation, and the state
55     legislatures of the other 49 states.

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