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New legislation could mean more funding for local crisis & suicide call centers

A proposed piece of legislation could bring a much-needed boost in federal funding to local crisis and suicide call centers across the country.

The legislation co-sponsored by Congressman John Katko (R) seeks to increase a stipend provided to centers like Contact Community Services in East Syracuse by the federal government.

Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Contact‘s Crisis Intervention Director Cheryl Giarrusso said the number of crisis and suicide calls has been steadily increasing.

Contact received 44,000 crisis calls in 2018, a spike from the previous year, which Giarrusso attributes to the deaths of Anthony Bordain and Kate Spade

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