On Thursday, members of the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee approved $110,000 for the state to establish a suicide prevention hotline.
Idaho is the only state in the union without one, though troubled residents do have access to a national call center.
Proponents of the plan say the state-based hotline would be better because local counselors could, after receiving a call from a troubled person, coordinate with other resources to ensure appropriate care.
Melissa Davlin of the Twin Falls Times-News reports that the state wouldn’t be alone in the endeavor. While the Legislature would provide a good share of the funding behind the plan, the Idaho National Guard has offered rent-free call center space, Wells Fargo has pledged $22,000 for the efforts and Mountain States Group would step in to run the program after it’s established.
Davlin also reports that the call center would cost about $111,000 in its first year and approximately $161,000 in its second year.