AP reports that the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act
Reauthorization of 2011 was introduced Wednesday in the U.S. Senate. Tribes are
eligible for Garrett Lee Smith grants, through which the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration funds efforts to prevent youth suicide.
The bill is sponsored by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), and co-sponsored by
Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and
Tom Udall (D-NM). Murkowski is a member of the Board of Directors for the
Center for Native American Youth.
The original Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act became law in 2004. A short
history of the Act can be found here.