SAMHSA Awards 22 Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Grants

Grants will be used to fund youth suicide prevention programs

In November 2013, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced 29 new grants authorized under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act for suicide prevention initiatives in states, tribes and on college and university campuses. Grants awarded to campuses can fund education and outreach activities related to mental health and substance abuse prevention, while those to states and tribes can develop and implement youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies.

APA's Education Government Relations Office has been a key advocate for GLSMA programs since they were first created in 2004. ED GRO worked closely with House and Senate sponsors in creating the Campus Suicide Prevention program — a program based on an APA-initiated bill, the Campus Care and Counseling Act.

ED GRO remains actively engaged in this work. Bipartisan legislation renewing GLSMA programs has been introduced in the 113th Congress, and ED GRO is closely involved in the reauthorization process. Working with our grassroots network and in partnership with other key groups, ED GRO is spearheading efforts to increase the number of co-sponsors of this legislation in the House and Senate. ED GRO coordinated nearly 100 visits to Capitol Hill during the 2013 Education Leadership Conference, and generated more than 1,000 messages to legislators through its action alerts in 2013. Working with other partners, the number of co-sponsors has grown to 47 (both House and Senate bills).