Suicide Prevention Grant Information

#1 SM57519-01

The program was authorized by law in October 2004 through the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, (GLSMA) and is administered through the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The first grants were awarded in the fall of 2005 and include 14 State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Programs and 22 campuses awarded through the GLSMA Campus Suicide Prevention Program. Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) was one of the 22 colleges, one of two community colleges, and the only rural community college to be awarded the grant. After an extensive search, a project director was selected in May of 2006 to implement the objectives and attain the goal articulated in the grant proposal. If you have questions reqarding BMCC's grant proposal, please contact BMCC's director of grants, Susan Plass, 541-278-5838.

BMCC is a comprehensive community college serving the six counties of northeastern Oregon (Baker, Grant, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa) through its main campus in Pendleton and eight outreach centers. This vast rural area covers 18,026 square miles, more than twice the size of New Hampshire, with 142,034 residents and a population density of only 7.8 persons per square mile. The area is economically distressed and is characterized by low education attainment, high unemployment and poverty rates, and suicide rates that are higher than both state and national averages. Service Area Profiles

In keeping with BMCC’s mission as a community college, the focus of the GLSMA Campus Suicide Prevention Grant extends beyond the college environment into the communities served by the college as witnessed by the activities and actions taken beginning with the formation of an Advisory Board. Each of the board members is a linchpin in the intricate web of coalitions being woven throughout the six counties and will serve to keep the program work vital long past the life of the grant. A Rapid Response Team was formed by volunteers from BMCC staff, faculty and non-faculty, who are undergoing extensive training and certification in an effort to institutionalize the work of the grant within the BMCC system

All 22 awarded campuses are part of a national cross-site evaluation required by the legislation, specifically, Section 520-E-2 (f). ORC Macro, a research and evaluation consulting firm, was selected as the contractor to design the cross-site evaluation and provide technical assistance and training for Campus grantees. This evaluation includes a report to Congress on the effectiveness and efficacy of the Program.

For additonal information, please contact the
BMCC Campus Suicide Prevention Grant Project Director
Wanda Clifton-Faber - 541-278-5824