September 19, 2018

Indianz: Bipartisan bill includes Indian Country in suicide prevention efforts

A simple change in federal law will help tribes address suicide in their communities, according to a bipartisan group of lawmakers. 

States already receive federal funds to develop and implement prevention programs. The Native American Suicide Prevention Act will ensure that Indian Country is included in those efforts, lawmakers said as the Senate version of the bill was introduced on Tuesday.

"Any conversation on suicide prevention must begin at the grassroots, and tribal communities must be involved in every step of the process," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), the sponsor of S.3460, said in a press release. "With suicide rates reaching crisis levels in Indian Country, it is now more important than ever to take action."  

Read the full story on the Indianz website here.

Source: Indianz