During the 2014 Legislative Session, Colorado took a step forward in suicide prevention by creating a designated commission modeled on the National Action Alliance’s public and private partnership. The Suicide Prevention Commission of Colorado is tasked with: - Providing public and private leadership for prevention & intervention statewide- Setting data-driven, evidence-based, and clinically informed state priorities - Advising the Office of Suicide Prevention- Establishing subgroups to set strategy and implementation plans for each priority - Providing a multidisciplinary forum to: - Examine prevention & intervention policies - Analyze near-term opportunities & challenges - Make recommendations to OSP, Governor’s Office, & General Assembly
- Expanding partnerships & resources - Promoting cooperation & coordination across the state - Evaluating the distribution of resources- Ensuring that prevention remains a state priority - Encouraging the development of prevention plans at local level
As part of its charge, to date the commission has identified four priorities for prevention in Colorado, and will continue to identify priorities on an ongoing basis: - Expanding and streamlining efforts to provide effective follow up care after emergency department discharge- Expanding efforts to provide effective follow up care after inpatient discharge- Promoting practices for reducing suicide risk among primary care patients- Improving and integrating training for members of specific professional groups
Under these four priorities there are specific recommendations designed to move each priority forward: - Providing telephonic follow-up services and outreach to patients subsequent to an emergency department discharge - Statewide Needs Assessment of Mental Health Provider Training- Joint Training for Primary Care Providers and Mental Health Providers (Including Substance Abuse Treatment Providers) - Specific Suicide Prevention Training for High Risk Industries: First Responders (Fire, EMS/EMT, Law Enforcement) Construction Industry Oil & Gas Finance Mining - Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training for the Legal Community Attorneys, Judges, Probation/Corrections - Training within the Education Community Protocols and support for full range suicide prevention within preK-12 schools
Potential donors wishing to donate to the cause regardless of tax benefit are still able to provide funds directly to support Commission initiatives. However, because the Commission is established under a state agency, it is not able to provide charitable tax benefits to potential donors. As stated above, in furtherance of promoting cooperation, coordination, and expanding resources statewide, the commission would like to direct potential donors intent on receiving charitable tax benefits to community agencies within Colorado implementing evidence-based programs aligned with commission-identified priorities and initiatives.
If your agency would like to be included on a list provided to such potential donors please take a moment to fill out and return the form below. Please also take a moment to forward this to any other community agencies which you believe should be included. Let’s work together to reduce the impact of suicide here in Colorado.
For more information on the Commission or its recommendations, or to update a prior form, please contact Sarah Brummett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-692-2369
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