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CEI Represents Kansas in the Governor's Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families

WSU's Community Engagement Institute, KDADS, Greenbush, Headquarters and sent representatives to Washington D.C. to participate in a conversation on implementing the National Strategy for the Prevention of Veteran Suicide.

Andy Brown, Interim Commissioner at KDADS and the team leader, is looking forward to the opportunity. Brown says, “Kansas is one of the first states to participate in “The Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members Veterans and Their Families” federal technical assistance program offered by the VA and SAMHSA. This is rare opportunity for Kansas to be a national leader in suicide prevention. We’re looking forward to developing a winning strategy that save lives and supports local communities across the state.”

The National Strategy will use an extensive public health approach to provide a reference for identifying priorities, organizing efforts, and contributing to a national focus on Veteran Suicide Prevention. This initiative will move the National Strategy forward by facilitating statewide policy-to-practice implementation plans. The initiative will offer an expansive change to the way we talk about and implement plans on dealing with Veteran Suicide and is a great opportunity for Kansas to make progress in reducing stigma and providing the best resources to veterans and their families.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are all collaborating together to enhance this initiative from a local community level to a larger state-wide effort.