Kansas Attorney General appoints youth suicide prevention coordinator


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


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