Through special funding from Vibrant Emotional Health (Vibrant), administrators of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline), 9-8-8 Planning Grants are available to state mental health, behavioral health and public health agencies in all 50 U.S. States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. Funding for this opportunity comes from private donations to Vibrant.

Vibrant will provide these grants to assist agencies in planning for the implementation of a new, national, three-digit number for mental health crisis and suicide response (9-8-8). When implemented, the new 9-8-8 number will be routed to the Lifeline’s current 1-800-273-8255 number. While the current toll-free line will remain operative indefinitely, 9-8-8 will eventually supplant 800-273-8255 as the primary number marketed to the public for mental health and suicidal crises.

Vibrant Emotional Health seeks the support of state / territories agencies to ensure implementation of the federal mandate that everyone in behavioral health crisis in the U.S. and its territories will have immediate access to effective suicide prevention and crisis services through a three-digit phone number, 9-8-8.

Through this grant opportunity U.S. states, territories and Lifeline centers receiving grant awards or stipends will:

o Develop clear roadmaps for how they will address key coordination, capacity, funding and communication strategies that are foundational to the launching of 9-8-8 which will occur on or before July 16, 2022.

o Plan for the long-term improvement of in-state answer rates for 9-8-8 calls.

Towards meeting these 9-8-8 grant objectives for planning and build-up, technical assistance will be provided by, Vibrant, via the Lifeline, and its national partners throughout the grant project period. The applicant’s draft 9-8-8 implementation plans shall be submitted to the Lifeline by August 30, 2021 and a final implementation plan is due to both the Lifeline and SAMHSA by December 31, 2021.


If you are having difficulty submitting your application, please contact Devon Morera at dmorera@vibrant.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline