TOPEKA- The Kansas attorney general has appointed the state’s first Kansas Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Tuesday appointed Gina Meier-Hummel to the positions. This position was created after recommendations from a task force formed in 2018. The goal is to survey efforts in the state to reduce youth suicide.
The appointment takes effect immediately. Meier-Hummel will be coordinator on a part-time basis because of her work as executive director of the O’Connell Youth Ranch in Douglas County.
Meier-Hummel was secretary of the Kansas Department of Children and Families under former Gov. Jeff Colyer. Previously, she was executive director of The Shelter, a nonprofit focused on intervention with at-risk youth