UPDATE: Legislature passes mental health hotline
The Michigan legislature has passed a bill to create a statewide mental health hotline.
It now goes to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's desk, where she is expected to sign it.
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 in 2018 included $3 million to develop, operate and maintain a hotline pilot program.
The new legislation is intended as a way to expand that program statewide, which could cost the state between $1 million and $2.5 million more annually.
Supporters say the hotline would help those who do not know where to turn — potentially keeping families together and saving lives.