On August 3rd, 2011, Secretary of Public Welfare, Gary Alexander, announced that Pennsylvania has been awarded funding for the next three years to continue statewide efforts to help prevent youth suicide and promote early intervention. The award is for $477.706 per year for three years.
The funding will allow expansion of the project funded back in 2008 which focused on three counties in the northeast - Lackawanna, Luzerne and Schuylkill. This newly funded grant will allow the project to expand suicide prevention efforts to six counties in the southeast - Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia, as well as two counties in the west - Allegheny and Westmoreland.
The grants are authorized as part of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, sponsored in Congress by Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon who lost his son to suicide in 2003.
STAR-Center will be responsible for providing training and technical support during the grant project.
For more information about the mission and vision of the Pennsylvania Youth SuicidePrevention Initiative (PASPI), visit the website at http://www.paspi.org/About_Us.php