988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can call, text, or chat 988, and be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. The current Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.
The Department of State now offers licensure for professionals with a Bachelor's in social work or social welfare. This may be of particular interest for crisis providers given the upcoming regulatory changes for crisis services. More information about BSW licensure can be found here on the Department of State's webpage.