The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted 988 as a new three-digit number to be used nationwide to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline, starting July 16, 2022. Customers must continue to dial 1-800-273-TALK to reach the Lifeline until July 16, 2022.

If your area code is included in the list below you are required to use the full 10-digit phone number to reach the FCC Lifeline.

Alaska   907 Minnesota  218, 952
Alabama   251 Mississippi  662
Arkansas   501 Missouri   314, 417, 660, 816
Arizona    480,520,928 Montana   406
California   209, 530, 562, 626, 650 949, 951 Nevada   775
New Hampshire  603
Colorado   719,970 New Jersey  856, 908
Delaware   302 New Mexico  505, 575
Florida   321(Brevard County), 352, 561, 941 New York    516, 607, 716, 845, 914
North Carolina  910
Georgia   478, 912
Guam   671 Ohio   440,513
Hawaii   808 South Dakota  605
Illinois   309, 618, 708 Tennessee  731,865
Indiana   219, 574 Texas    254, 361, 409, 806, 830
Iowa   319, 515 Vermont   802
Kansas   620, 785 Virginia   276, 804
Kentucky   859 Washington  509
Louisiana   337, 504 Wisconsin   262, 414, 608, 920 
Michigan   616, 810, 906 ,989    

In order for 988 to work in your area code, 10-digit local dialing must first be implemented. lf your area code is included in the list above, you will need to change the way you dial local calls.

What will be the new dialing procedure?
To complete all local calls, you will now need to dial area code + telephone number. This applies to all calls within your area code that are currently dialed with seven digits.

Who will be affected?
Anyone with a telephone number from your area code will need to make this change from 7-digit local dialing to 10-digit local dialing.

When will the change begin?
Beginning April 24, 2021, you should begin dialing 10 digits (area code + telephone number) for all local calls. lf you forget and dial just 7 digits, your call will still be completed.

Beginning October 24, 2021, you must dial 10-digits (area code + telephone number) for all local calls. On and after this date, local calls dialed with only 7-digits may not be completed, and a recording will inform you that your call cannot be completed as dialed. You must hang up and dial again using the area code and the 7-digit number.

Beginning July 16, 2022, dialing “988” will route your call to National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline.

What will you need to do?
ln addition to changing the way you dial local calls, all services, automatic dialing equipment, or other types of equipment that are programmed to complete calls to 7-digit local numbers will need to be reprogrammed to complete calls to 10-digit numbers. Some examples are life safety systems or medical monitoring devices, PBXs, fax machines, lnternet dial-up numbers, fire or burglar alarm and security systems or gates, speed dialers, mobile or other wireless phone contact lists, call forwarding settings, voicemail services and other similar functions. Be sure to check your website, personal and business stationery, advertising materials, personal and business checks, contact information, your personal or pet lD tags, and other such items to ensure the area code is included.

What will remain the same?

  • Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change. The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to the dialing change.
  • What is a local call now will remain a local call regardless of the number of digits dialed.
  • You will continue to dial 1+ area code + telephone number for all long-distance calls.
  • You can still dialjust three digits to reach 711 (relay services) and 911 (emergency services).
  • Any 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, or 811 services available in your community can still be reachedby dialing their three-digit codes.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can still be reached by dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Who may you contact with questions?
lf you have any questions regarding information provided in this notice, please call Red River Communications at 866-553-8309. You can also visit the FCC website at https://www.fcc. gov/suicide-prevention-hotline.