A year after the suicide of college student Garrett Lee Smith, his father,
Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), was able to announce that Congress had passed the
Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act.
Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) wrote the bill, and lead sponsors included
Smith and Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio).
The legislation authorizes $82 million for three-year grants to help
states, Indian tribes, and colleges and universities develop and expand early
mental health intervention and suicide prevention strategies for children and
The bill authorizes the following: