A bipartisan coalition of House members -- led by Representatives Bart Gordon (D-TN), Tom Osborne (R-NE) and Danny Davis (D-IL) -- are currently pushing their colleagues to include funding for recently authorized federal initiatives to expand effective youth suicide prevention services.
This past fall, Congress passed -- and President Bush signed into law -- the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (P.L. 108-355), authorizing new programs at SAMHSA to support states and local communities in developing comprehensive strategies for suicide prevention among adolescents and young adults. The new law also authorizes expansion of campus-based mental health services. NAMI strongly supports this new law. For FY 2005, Congress allocated $7 million for programs authorized under the Garrett Lee Smith Act, including planning grants to the states to develop comprehensive suicide prevention strategies. NAMI urges full funding in FY 2006 ($16.5 million) for suicide prevention activities authorized under the Garrett Lee Smith Act.
Advocates are strongly encouraged to contact their House member and urge them to sign the Gordon-Osborne-Davis letter in support of FY 2006 funding for suicide prevention and campus mental health initiatives authorized under the Garrett Lee Smith Act. All House office can be reached by calling 202-224-3121 or at www.house.gov
In calling House offices, advocates are strongly encouraged to remind members of Congress that:
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