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Vibrant Emotional Health Provides Talbert House with 988 State Planning Grant

Posted on: April 5, 2021

Grant Monies Will Be Used to Prepare Ohio for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s 988 Dialing Code, Effective July 2022

CINCINNATI – Talbert House has received the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s 988 State Planning Grant through Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit administrator of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The grant allows Talbert House to collaborate on the development of strategic plans for Ohio to prepare for projected infrastructure needs, volume growth and access to the Lifeline’s new 988 number.

In July 2022, 988 will become the national three-digit dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Americans needing support should continue to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) until then.

“Access to mental health and crisis support has never been more critical for Americans,” said Kimberly Williams, President and CEO of Vibrant Emotional Health.  “Vibrant is committed to providing the states and territories with some of the resources they'll need to plan for the implementation of 988 and to support their local crisis centers. By working together, we will increase access to care, reduce the stigma around mental health and, ultimately, save lives.”

Talbert House will collaborate with state leadership, suicide prevention experts, people with lived experience and others to create a 988 implementation plan and support the Lifeline’s operational, clinical, and performance standards that allow access to care. 

“Last year we served over 96,000 clients in prevention and hotline services. This collaboration will allow us to reach even more community members in need of support and promote positive mental health awareness,” said Harold Howard, Talbert House Vice President of Community Care.

Talbert House will implement the Lifeline’s 988 three-digit dialing code through their existing 281-CARE infrastructure. The Talbert House 281-CARE hotline is a 24/7 crisis intervention service for those experiencing crises including psychological crises, relationship conflicts, bereavement, loss and other personal emergencies. Community members can call 513-281-CARE (2273) or text “TALBERT” to 839863 to access the 24/7 hotline.

Vibrant believes the new 988 number, once implemented, will ensure the Lifeline will continue to be America’s mental health safety net by providing emotional support for people in distress, reducing suicides and mental health crises, and providing a pathway to well-being for all. 


Talbert House is empowering children, adults and families to live healthy, safe and productive lives. Operating within five service lines: Addictions, Community Care, Community Corrections, Housing and Mental Health, Talbert House serves over 21,000 clients face to face and an additional 96,000 through prevention services throughout Southwest Ohio. Visit And follow Talbert House on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


About the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by Vibrant Emotional Health, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a leader in suicide prevention and mental health crisis care. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support and crisis counseling to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 180 local crisis centers, uniting local resources with national best practices. Since its inception in 2005, the Lifeline has engaged in innovative public messaging, development of best practices in mental health, creative partnerships, and more to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention for all. 


About Vibrant Emotional Health 

Vibrant Emotional Health is a non-profit organization that helps individuals and families achieve emotional wellbeing. For over 50 years, our groundbreaking solutions have delivered high-quality services and support, when, where and how people need it. We offer confidential emotional support through our state-of-the-art contact center and crisis hotline services that use leading edge telephone, text and web-based technologies and include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, NFL Life Line and NYC Well. Through our community wellness programs individuals and families obtain supports and skills they need to thrive. Our advocacy and education initiatives promote mental wellbeing as a social responsibility. Each year we help more than 2.5 million people live healthier and more vibrant lives. We’re advancing access, dignity and respect for all and revolutionizing the system for good. Visit And follow Vibrant on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram