Senator Rosen Has Been A Leader In Advocating For Additional Mental Health Resources For Nevadans
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, announced that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services a grant of more than $1 million. The funds will be used to expand the state’s implementation of the 3-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (9-8-8), and connect Nevadans in need with immediate support, including suicide prevention services and mental health crisis counseling.
“Like many states across the nation, Nevada is experiencing a mental health crisis that has been exacerbated by the pandemic, and I am fighting to make sure we have the mental health resources necessary to support Nevadans in need,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m proud to announce that Nevada’s 9-8-8 suicide prevention hotline will receive more than $1 million to support and expand their operations and help save lives. I will continue fighting to protect Nevadans’ mental health and well-being and ensure our state overcomes this crisis.”
Senator Rosen has been a leader in advocating for mental health support and resources for Nevadans. In February, Senator Rosen joined U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to tour Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas and discuss mental health issues with Nevada students and school counselors. Earlier this year, Senator Rosen introduced the bipartisan Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Act to provide direct funding assistance to K-12 school districts for comprehensive student mental health promotion and suicide prevention efforts. In 2020, Nevada’s Clark County School District reported 20 student suicides while schools were closed for in-person learning – more than double the number in 2019.