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Panel reviews suicide strategic plan for American Indian youths


HELENA — The director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services on Wednesday discussed a plan on halting suicide among American Indian youths, which have among the highest rates in the state.

He later fielded several questions from the panel ranging from whether any Montana companies were candidates to lead that effort to what role the tribes should play in the process.

DPHHS Director Richard Opper discussed elements of the “strategic plan” with members of the State Tribal Relations Interim Committee. The plan would look at ways to reduce Native American youth suicides.


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