Support the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization of 2013
Posted on: December 12, 2013

Action:  Act Now to Support Suicide Prevention! We request that you ask your Members of Congress to Support the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization of 2013!

The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization of 2013 (S.116/H.R.2734) responds to the documented need for mental and behavioral health services for students on college and university campuses by tackling the issue head on.

Specifically, competitive grant funds made to institutions of higher education can be used to: provide mental health and substance use disorder services to students, including prevention, promotion of mental health, voluntary screening, early intervention, voluntary assessment, treatment, and management of mental health and substance abuse disorder issues; support outreach services to notify students about the existence of mental health and substance use disorder services; educate students, families, faculty, staff, and communities to increase awareness of mental health and substance use disorders; support the employment of appropriately trained staff, including administrative staff; provide training to students, faculty, and staff to respond effectively to students with mental health and substance use disorders; create a networking infrastructure to link colleges and universities with providers who can treat mental health and substance use disorders; and development, support, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based and emerging best practices.

Further, the legislation renews the nation’s commitment to suicide prevention by reauthorizing the Youth Suicide Early Intervention and Preventions Strategies programs for States and Tribes. This program has a focus on developing statewide or tribal youth suicide prevention initiatives in schools, educational organizations, juvenile justice systems, substance use disorder and mental health programs as well as foster care systems. Finally, the Suicide Prevention Resource Technical Assistance Center is preserved.

Your Action DOES Make A Difference! With grassroots support from all across the country, we can bring needed attention to the issue of suicide prevention and mental health and substance use disorders on college campus – and with our youth population. We can increase the number of co-sponsors in Congress for the “Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization of 2013.”

What to do? With the aid of CapWiz you can send an email or make a brief phone call to your Members of Congress urging them to co-sponsor S.116/H.R.2734. To send an email, please follow the instructions at http://www.capwiz.com/apapolicy/issues/alert/?alertid=62906731 (higher ed/school professional version) or http://www.kintera.org/c.elLYJfOZKtLcG/b.8769131/k.F64A/Challenge_Your_Representatives_to_Talk_About_Suicide_Prevention/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx (general public supporters) To place a phone call to your Member’s office, please call (202) 224-3121.

Thank you!

Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition, Inc.
Owensboro, Kentucky

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