Minn. Phone Crisis Hotline To Shut Down June 30

Crisis Connection, Minnesota’s telephone crisis hotline, will shut down June 30th after a bill that included its continued funding was vetoed last month.

Canvas Health, the Oakdale-based non-profit agency that operates the hotline, requested nearly $1-million from the state this year for long-term sustainable funding, but that request was a casualty of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s veto of a state spending bill after disagreements with Republican lawmakers.


The hotline was nearly shut down last July. The Minnesota Department of Health stepped in and helped fund the hotline with a $139,000 grant. But that was a temporary reprieve and the money has run out.