Courtesy of Kitsap Sun – A longstanding over-the-phone crisis intervention hotline serving Kitsap, Callam and Jefferson counties will be shutting down at the end of the year.

Crisis Clinic of the Peninsulas, a 24-7 hotline run by Kitsap Mental Health Services, is closing at midnight on Dec. 31. The service will shift to a crisis call center based in Everett that’s run by Volunteers of America.

Founded in 1965, the region’s crisis clinic is the third oldest in the country. The hotline, which is staffed by about two dozen trained volunteers and three staff members, fields around 13,000 calls every year.

“The loss of the Crisis Clinic of the Peninsula is truly tragic,” said KMHS CEO Joe Roszak in an email announcement to staff.

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