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Maryland’s 988 Helpline Now Permanently Funded

May 29th, 2024 by WCBC Radio

Maryland’s 988 helpline for those needing emotional and mental health supports will now be permanently funded, thanks to legislation recently signed by Governor Wes Moore. 

A new 988 telecom fee of 25 cents per month will appear on cell phone and landline bills and will generate more than $25 million each year to allow the state’s 988 call centers to hire staff, invest in technology, and prepare for the continued growth in the demand for 988 services.