Crisis lines will remain open, thanks to last-minute funding

Canvas Health has reached an agreed upon framework with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to continue answering calls from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL).

For Minnesotans who are at risk of suicide and those who are struggling with mental health crises, this means that they can continue to call the NSPL at (800) 273-8255.

MDH committed $139,000 of previously awarded federal suicide prevention funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Additional dollars from other funders also have been secured that will sustain the Crisis Connection line, (612) 379-6363, through the spring of 2018.

“We are incredibly grateful to MDH and its leadership, as well as other funders, for recognizing the importance of this critical public service to the people of Minnesota,” said Matt Eastwood, Canvas Health CEO. “Because of their willingness to step forward to help keep these crisis lines open, lives will be saved.”

Both agencies will continue to work together with other state and federal agencies and private partners to create a long-term plan for an effective, user-friendly crisis line. These plans will likely include a 2018 request to the Minnesota legislature for a more permanent source of funding.

Through TXT4Life, Canvas Health also will continue responding to texts from those who reside in more than 50 Minnesota counties and all Tribal Nations in Minnesota.

The mission of Canvas Health is to bring hope, healing, and recovery to the lives of people we serve. Canvas Health provides services to people struggling with mental illness, substance use, crisis, unstable housing, and trauma. As a nonprofit community mental health agency, Canvas Health offers over 35 programs at seven metro clinics. The agency acts as a safety net provider, serving those with complex needs who may not otherwise be able to afford care. For more information, visit www.CanvasHealth.org.