San Mateo, CA – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) will hold a press conference on August 10, 2022 at 10 a.m. laying out the progress San Mateo County has made in implementing the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline that went live nationally on July 16, 2022. She will be joined by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, who is a co-author of AB 988, which is creating the framework for 988 in California; Lisa Mancini, San Mateo County Health’s Interim Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services; and staff from StarVista, a non-profit that San Mateo County has tasked with operating and expanding the crisis centers in the county. Those staff members are Sara Larios Mitchell, the CEO of StarVista, Zena Andreani, Assistant Director of the StarVista Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center, and Taylor Coutts, Hotline Manager of the StarVista Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center Hotline.

“Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death of young people ages 10-14.  It’s time for our country to do more for those in need,” Rep. Speier said. “Our county, with assistance from the state and federal government, has already done a tremendous amount of work to make this easy to remember number a success and save lives.”

“As the rates of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues are rising, we need to have a stronger support system,” Assemblymember Kevin Mullin said. “988 is not just a more user-friendly crisis line, but it is a huge step forward in how our state and our country responds to acute mental health issues.”
 
“Our county leaders and local community have always been strong in their support of mental health care services,” Lisa Mancini said. “The 988 line makes it easier to access a system of care that responds to many of our most vulnerable residents and raises public awareness about local resources available to those with mental health care needs.”

“The StarVista Crisis Center is honored to be one of the 13 call centers in the state of California, quite literally answering the call of this new initiative,” Sara Larios Mitchell said. “Our hotline team is ready to support this initiative in this capacity and we look forward to the ways in which this will positively shape crisis services in our communities for years to come.”

Congress designated 988 as a new, free, 24/7 number for the already existing Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. The network has more than 200 crisis centers nationwide. Federal funding from the American Rescue Plan has increased from $24 million to $432 million this year with $105 million directed to states and territories. It is up to the states to build up crisis center capacity. California currently has comprehensive 988 implementation legislation pending and 13 crisis centers. Star Vista operates the one in San Mateo County. The StarVista Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology and provides suicide intervention services and programs for San Mateo County residents, including a 24-hour crisis hotline, mobile youth crisis response team, online and text teen crisis support, and educational presentations to the community and schools.

Who:    

Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Assemblyman Kevin Mullin
Lisa Mancini, San Mateo County Health Interim Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services    
Sara Larios Mitchell, StarVista CEO
Zena Andreani, StarVista Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center Assistant Director
Taylor Coutts, StarVista Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center Hotline Manager

What:     

Press conference on Implementation of 988 in San Mateo County

When:    

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
10 a.m.

Where:    

StarVista conference room (San Carlos Library building)
610 Elm Street
San Carlos, CA 94070   

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