The MDUUC Racial Justice Team has sent letters of support to California Legislative Committees considering AB 988 The Miles Hall Lifeline Act. Sponsored by Assembly member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, the bill creates a new three-digit phone line, 988, for suicide prevention and immediate, localized emergency response for individuals in mental health crisis by trained mental health professionals.
In 2019, Miles Hall, a 23 year old Black man living in Walnut Creek, was in the midst of a schizophrenic mental health crisis when his family called 911 for help. Despite being familiar with Miles’ condition, the officers resorted to lethal force with a minute of their arrival.
AB988 will designate crisis hotline centers to provide intervention 24/7 through call, chat and text. These call centers will be able to deploy crisis services – such as mobile crisis teams and crisis stabilization services. To ensure long-term success, centers will also follow up with callers to ensure they receive ongoing care.