Native American Suicide Prevention Bill Passes Panel
SANTA FE ― Senate Bill 250, sponsored by Sen. George K. Muñoz, passed the Senate Indian and Cultural Affairs Committee.
The bill appropriates $150,000 to fund a clearing house Native American suicide prevention which provides culturally appropriate suicide prevention, intervention and post-event assistance statewide to Native American individuals, families and tribes, nations and pueblos.
“Although Indian Health Services is legally responsible to provide healthcare to Native Americans, more needs to be done,” Muñoz said. “These additional resources will help reduce the unacceptable suicide rates in our tribal communities.”