LANSING, MI (AP)-- Legislation to create a permanent statewide mental health hotline is advancing in Michigan.
The state House approved the bill 99-8 Tuesday and sent it to the Senate for further consideration.
The telephone referral system would be available 24 hours a day, seven days of week and would refer people experiencing a mental health crisis to service providers.
A spending law approved late last year includes $3 million to develop, operate and maintain a hotline pilot program. The new legislation is intended as a way to expand that program statewide.