The Commission sets strategy and implementation plans for each statewide suicide prevention priority. The Commission also expands local and national partnerships and resources for suicide prevention activities in Colorado, and provides a forum for members to make recommendations to the Office of Suicide Prevention, the Governor’s Office, and the General Assembly on policies and programs to reduce suicide in Colorado. Local and national partnerships ensure that suicide prevention remains a priority by expanding resources, promoting coordination among suicide prevention programs and strategies, and encouraging the development of suicide prevention plans at the local level.
The Office of Suicide Prevention is currently recruiting individuals to submit applications for consideration to serve on the Commission. The Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will appoint up to twenty-six members to the Commission. Current appointment openings include:
- A representative from the Oil and Gas industry from a rural area- A representative from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Finance
Commission member selection will ensure that persons of different ethnic backgrounds are represented and that regions of the state with high suicide rates, including rural areas, are represented. The Commission will include members who have expertise related to groups who represent the highest suicide deaths and attempt rates, including persons with disabilities; working age men; older adults; veterans and active duty military personnel; Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and adults; and Coloradans of disproportionately affected diversities and genders.
Please submit a completed application in order to be considered for appointment to the Commission. Meetings are held quarterly and Commissioners are expected to attend and participation, where possible, on at least one workgroup.