WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is receiving a grant to boost its mental health and substance abuse services in order to prevent youth suicides:

“Mental health and substance abuse are serious challenges contributing to an increase in youth suicide. This critical funding will help the Winnebago Tribe identify its at-risk youth and treat them through early intervention and continuous care.”

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The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has been awarded $376,732 through the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Grant Program.

This grant program, which is targeted to those between 10 and 24 years old, supports states and tribes with implementing youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies in schools, educational institutions, juvenile justice systems, substance use programs, mental health programs, foster care systems, and other child and youth-serving organizations. It is expected that this program will: (1) increase the number of youth-serving organizations who are able to identify and work with youth at risk of suicide; (2) increase the capacity of clinical service providers to assess, manage, and treat youth at risk of suicide; and (3) improve the continuity of care and follow-up of youth identified to be at risk for suicide.

For more information about the GLS State/Tribal Youth Suicide Project, click here.