Rapid City Area School Board agrees to pay for consultation on suicide prevention

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Monday night the Rapid City Area School Board unanimously approved bringing in two experts to help with suicide prevention.

The school district agreed to pay two psychologists from California and Florida for 10 hours of consultation about suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.

Each psychologist will develop two webinars to assess the needs of our schools.

Rapid City Area Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Matthew Seebaum says, "What we're trying to do is get this contract executed so we can move this forward, by the end of the year hopefully have a very much aligned process to dealing with suicide prevention and in the instance of if there are suicide attempts or completions and dealing with that effectively, too in a very strategic way."

Richard Lieberman and Dr. Scott Poland will each be paid $750 per webinar.

Their services will be performed between now and June 30th of next year.