Gov Sending Suicide Hotline Funding Request To Legislature

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has recommended lawmakers provide $400,000 to fund an in-state call center for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Gordon had initially rejected sending the request to next month’s budget session of the legislature.

Wyoming is the only state that lacks a local call center for the national suicide hotline. Officials say residents can reach the hotline without a call center, but not having in-state operators results in longer wait times and operators unfamiliar with resources and providers in Wyoming.