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Suicide Prevention Lifeline affiliates awarded SAMHSA grant

September 7, 2011
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Six crisis centers affiliated with the Nation’s Suicide Prevention Lifeline, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), received grant awards to develop follow-up services for those at high risk of dying by suicide.

The Lifeline works with a nation-wide network of more than 150 crisis centers to provide round-the-clock phone counseling, emergency intervention when necessary and referral services to callers contemplating suicide or concerned about a friend or loved one who may be in crisis.

All too often people at risk of suicide who have contacted the Lifeline do not receive the follow-up care recommended. Lifeline crisis centers selected for these grants will develop systems to reach out and help ensure that critical follow-up care is provided for people in need.

“Suicide is preventable and the Lifeline has saved countless lives. Sixty percent of people who received follow-up help from the Lifeline said that these services made a lot of difference in making them feel safer,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, JD. “These grants will bolster the Lifeline’s ability to offer continued vital support, help and hope for those who need it most.”

Each of the six Lifeline crisis counseling centers will receive up to $60,000 per year for up to three years. Continuation awards are subject to the availability of funds and progress achieved by awardees.

The grant recipients and their annual awards are:

Grantees

City

State

Yearly Award

Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc.

Baltimore

Maryland

$60,000

2-1-1 Brevard, Inc.

Rockledge

Florida

$59,986

The Oregon Partnership, Inc.

Portland

Oregon

$59,995

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Inc.

Tampa Bay

Florida

$60,000

Switchboard of Miami, Inc.

Miami

Florida

$60,000

Volunteers of America Western Washington

Everett

Washington

$59,836


SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

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