The Johnson County Commissioners, at their meeting Tuesday, approved a request for funding from the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Johnson County.
Haley Drake, of Northern Wyoming Mental Health, oversees the program. She, along with Buffalo Police Chief Mike Chapman, volunteer Jerry Osborn, and Bill Hawley of the Community Resource Center, all gave presentations to the commissioners in support of the program, asking them to help with funding.
The funds, according to Drake, will go toward instructing other trainers who will in turn help train volunteers in the community in the QPR Program.
Drake tells us more about the coalition and the QPR Program.
The coalition was seeking $2,500 from the County, which will be combined with $1,000 from the City of Buffalo for the training program.
After some discussion, the commissioners chose to fund the $2,500 and add another $500 for a trainer that will be located in the Kaycee area, for a total funding amount of $3,000.
The commissioners also suggested to Drake that she submit a formal request for annual funding for the program so the commissioners could add the program to their budget in future years.