The Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) at the Department of Human Services (DHS) was awarded its third Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in September of 2014. This five-year grant, referred to as the “Suicide Prevention in Pennsylvania Schools and Colleges Initiative,” aims to implement suicide prevention and early intervention strategies for youth ages 10 to 24 across the commonwealth. The grant offers gatekeeper training, suicide risk management training, standardized screening, and training in empirically supported treatments with goals of raising awareness, increasing identification of at risk youth, facilitating referrals to treatment, and improving treatment outcomes.
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If you, or someone you know, is in Emotional Distress or thinking about Suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting "PA" to 741-741.
Perri Rosen, PhD, NCSP | Project Director, Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant
Department of Human Services | Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Bureau of Children’s Behavioral Health
T: 717-772-7858 [office]
T: 717-303-4611 [mobile]
This site was funded under award SM061750 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Prevent Suicide PA, nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. Additionally, the Garrett Lee Smith grant team does not specifically endorse any one model or program related to suicide prevention.