Ravalli Republic: Tester co-sponsors legislation to help prevent youth suicide

National legislation aimed at preventing youth suicide is wending its way through the U.S. Senate, capturing the attention of Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who has signed on as a co-sponsor.

The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Reauthorization Act of 2013 was introduced Jan. 23. It awaits a hearing by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The bill provides grants to develop early intervention and prevention strategies in communities and offers assistance to provide mental health services in schools.

The legislation seeks an appropriation of $7 million for each of the fiscal years 2014 through 2018.