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As calls to mental health line rise in Missouri, some worry about long-term funding

BHR Crisis Intervention Clinician Jennifer Brown talks with St. Louis Public Radio about the compassionate care and trust callers receive when they call 988. “Oftentimes, when people are at their lowest, the thing you need is a connection with someone, someone they can trust and to feel safe,” she said.

BHR Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Bart Andrews also spoke to St. Louis Public Radio addressing the government funding in place to hire additional people to answer 988. BHR plans to hire about 60 staffers to meet the new patient call in-volume.

“There’s going to be a huge hiring binge across the entire state of Missouri,” Andrews said. “Missouri will be in excellent shape for 988.”
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