Georgia’s mental health hotline is the number one in the country.  Some worry about expansion.  |  Ap

Georgia’s new 988 mental health hotline service, which launched last summer, was recognized Friday as a model for other states. But some Democratic lawmakers say last-minute budget cuts by the governor’s office could hamper planned 988 expansion.

At a town hall meeting Friday to discuss the hotline’s future, leaders cited Georgia as an example of what’s working. The success of 988, a nationwide helpline for people experiencing a mental health or drug crisis, was a bright spot for a state that has traditionally lagged behind in providing this care.

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