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Can your organization help prevent suicide in Douglas County?

$1.5 million in grant funding is now available to support local organizations

Posted on January 11, 2023 2023Breaking NewsHealth and Human ServicesPublic Health


We’ve all been affected by loss due to suicide. We know because data continues to show the need for suicide prevention in Douglas County.

To continue the community’s collaborative suicide prevention efforts, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners dedicated $1.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to grants for local organizations’ innovative work within suicide prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery.

If your organization has an innovative idea or is looking to expand a successful suicide prevention program, you are encouraged to apply.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: Organizations that intend to apply should first email Mental Health Initiative Coordinator Laura Ciancone, [email protected], for access to the Microsoft Teams™ site.

The funding application is now available online, with a deadline of Friday, Feb. 24, 2023. Local non-profits and community-based organizations are encouraged to apply. Recipients will be announced in April.

Preference will be given to programs that work specifically with four data-informed target populations: middle-aged men, prenatal and post-natal women and families, seniors/older adults, and youth/young adults (ages 14-24).

Additional information and a copy of the grant application are online at douglas.co.us by searching “ARPA Suicide Prevention Grant.”

Established in 2014, the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative has convened more than 40 partner organizations to improve the overall mental health of Douglas County, including suicide prevention. In 2021, the County’s Public Health Improvement Plan – a first step in launching the Douglas County Health Department – reconfirmed mental and behavioral health as one of the top three health needs in Douglas County.


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