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Bill includes suicide prevention funds for tribes

The Senate passed a bill to provide $82 million to tribes, states, colleges and universities to develop youth suicide prevention and intervention programs.

The bill will help tribes combat high suicide rates, Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) said. American Indian and Alaskan Natives have the highest rate of suicide in the 15 to 24 age group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act was named in honor of a son of Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Oregon) who committed suicide.

Get the Story:
Senator welcomes suicide-prevention funding in bill (AP 7/16)

Get the Bill:
Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (S.2634)