NESPELEM - The Colville Confederated Tribes have announced they are partnering with SAMSHA and FEMA to staff five local crisis support specialists available via a hotline in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and recovery period as part of a state wide team called “Washington Listens.”

The team is available to provide information, education, emotional and non-clinical support and connection to statewide resources to those in need.

The hotline number is 1-833-681-0211.

A release reads, “We strive for the health and well-being of Tribal membership as we all face this difficult time together. This program is Anonymous, confidential and free! We strongly suggest if you are experiencing a true medical, life threatening emergency to call 9-1-1.”

According to the release, Washington Listens is a program to support anyone in Washington who is experiencing stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic or any of the events that have occurred because of it.

Washington Listens is:

• A program to help Washington rebuild our state and strengthen resiliency

• More than just the support line with new services being planned and added

• A free anonymous service for anyone in Washington

Washington Listens is not:

• A crisis line to access behavioral health services

• A referral line to other services

• A warm line for people to talk to someone with lived experiences

• A replacement for existing resources like 211

The phone line is available Monday through from from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All services are anonymous and free.

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