The Launch of 988: Let’s Get Ready!

April 13, 2022

Webinar Alert!

April 25, 2022, 2-3 pm ET

If you are a family leader, or provide services for children and youth, you won’t want to miss this webinar. Join host FREDLA and presenters Melinda Baldwin and Michelle Zabel to learn about the launch and implementation of 988 and how to become involved in the efforts happening in your state or community.

In 2020, Congress designated the new 988 dialing code to operate through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s (1-800-273-8255) network of over 200 locally operated and funded crisis centers across the country. On July 16, 2022, the U.S. will transition to using the 988-dialing code, offering an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen and expand the existing Lifeline. The vision for 988 is to have additional crisis services available in communities across the nation, much the way emergency medical services work.

As 988 rolls out across the country it is vital that the unique needs of children, youth and young adults are considered to ensure that crisis response services are not traumatizing for children, services are age and developmentally appropriate, and services stabilize the situation to keep children in their homes and with their families.

Now is the time for families, and the various agencies that support them, to be informed and to engage in the development happening in their states.

FREDLA is pleased to host a webinar to share more about federal plans to roll out 988 nationwide and how participants can prepare for the rollout.


  • Melinda Baldwin, PhD, LCSW, Director, Prevention, Traumatic Stress and Special Programs Division, CMHS, SAMHSA
  • Michelle D. Zabel, MSW, Assistant Dean and Director, The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Social Work

Click here to register!

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