07.29.20

Gardner Welcomes Nearly $2.4 Million in Emergency Suicide Prevention Grants for Colorado

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) welcomed the announcement that Colorado will receive a combined total of $2,397,840 in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to assist with suicide prevention.

“As our country is facing an unprecedented challenge in responding to COVID-19, suicide prevention is now more important than ever, and I’m pleased to see this important funding delivered to support Coloradans,” said Senator Gardner. “Suicide does not discriminate between rural and urban areas or by income, and it causes heartbreak and loss in communities in every single one of our states. I will keep fighting to increase access to life-saving services for Coloradans facing mental health crises, including through funding, and passage of S. 2661, my bipartisan legislation to designate 9-8-8 as a three-digit suicide hotline.”

Gardner introduced S. 2661, the bipartisan National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, with U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Jack Reed (D-RI). U.S. Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) are leading companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. S. 2661received an endorsement from each of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioners.

The U.S. Senate passed S. 2661 unanimously on May 13, 2020. The bill is awaiting a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. This week Gardner and Baldwin called on the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass S. 2661 without delay and wrote, “As our country is facing an unprecedented challenge in responding to COVID-19, this three-digit hotline would play a critical role in saving the lives of many vulnerable Americans who are facing mental health emergencies during this period of isolation and uncertainty.”

The following entities in Colorado will receive funding:

  • Colorado State University – $797,848
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – $800,000
  • Ute Mountain Ute Tribe – $799,992

Senator Gardner has made it a priority to address rising suicide rates in Colorado and across the nation:

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.