Oakland County gets Million Dollar Federal Suicide Prevention Grant

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(OCCMHA press release, Dec. 12, 2014)

Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority (OCCMHA) is receiving $200,000 annually for five years to support suicide prevention efforts throughout the county. The funds are part of a five-year grant, totaling nearly $4 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH).

MDCH, the Oakland County Health Division, and OCCMHA joined efforts to apply for the Garrett Lee Smith seed8989483RudySerra dec jan febState/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention grant in the spring of 2014. Successful prevention programs and initiatives implemented by the county’s Suicide Prevention Task Force were instrumental in the grant being awarded to the state.

“This grant is the direct result of the supportive partnership that exists between OCCMHA, the Health Division, and DCH in doing all that we can to save lives through suicide prevention,” says OCCMHA Executive Director and CEO, Willie Brooks. “We’re grateful to the state for reaching out to Oakland County, and to the Health Division for helping to navigate us through this important public health crisis.”

Grant funds are being distributed from the state to OCCMHA, which is then contracting with the Health Division to implement system and systematic changes that address suicide. The Health Division led the establishment of the Suicide Prevention Task Force approximately three years ago. Participating task force seed04_gallowaymembers include the Alliance for Coalition of Healthy Communities, Beaumont Health Systems, Common Ground, Easter Seals Michigan, Oakland Family Services, Oakland Schools, Oakland University, and Training & Treatment Innovations.

“We are ecstatic about the grant,” says Oakland County Director of Health & Human Services, George Miller. “In addition to providing valuable funding for programs and trainings that we know are saving lives, the grant also exemplifies what can be achieved when county leaders and citizens unite. The taskforce started with a request for help from a community that was experiencing tremendous tragedies from deaths by suicide, and has grown into a powerful movement that is changing our county and our state.”

The Garrett Smith Grant is part of the Garrett Lee smith Memorial Act Programs. Garrett was the son of Utah essentialSenator, Gordon Smith. He died by suicide while attending college.


Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority is the public mental health system responsible for identifying, influencing, and delivering services and supports to approximately 27,000 Oakland County residents, including adults and children with developmental disabilities; adults with serious mental illness or substance use disorders; and children with serious emotional disturbance.

OCCMHA’s current network of service providers include: Common Ground, Community Housing Network, Community Living Services, Community Network Services, Easter Seals Michigan, Macomb-Oakland Regional http://oaklandcounty115.com/reader-support/Center, Oakland Family Services, Inc., and Training and Treatment Innovations. A complete list of substance use service providers is available on OCCMHA’s website. For more information about OCCMHA call (800) 341-2003 or visit www.occmha.org.

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