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Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention
(SOSP)
Established July, 2007
 

Director - Jackie Beck

Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention
Department of Children & Families
1317 Winewood Blvd, Bld. 1
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
(850) 717-4623

Official website of the Statewide Office
Click on: http://www.HelpPromoteHope.com/

Jackie_Beck@dcf.state.fl.us
 FlSuicidePrevention@dcf.state.fl.us
 

2007 Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention - Annual Report [click here]


Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention Mission & Vision
:

MISSION OF THE STATEWIDE OFFICE OF SUICIDE PREVENTION:

In collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council, the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention shall develop and implement the Florida Suicide Prevention Strategy statewide and assist communities in carrying out suicide prevention efforts locally. 

VISION OF THE STATEWIDE OFFICE OF SUICIDE PREVENTION:

Suicide is a complex yet preventable public health problem. A coordinated strategy and effort are critical in reducing suicide.  A centralized structure is necessary to integrate the statewide effort and provide a unified direction but success in suicide prevention depends on empowerment at the local level.  An infrastructure built on cooperation between the federal, state, and community level is essential for comprehensively combating this problem.  Through these partnerships, we will be able to increase existing suicide prevention capacity and promote collaborative action. 

STRUCTURE AND ROLE OF THE STATEWIDE OFFICE OF SUICIDE PREVENTION:

The Office of Suicide Prevention functions as a unit of the Office of Drug Control within the Executive Office of the Governor
 


The Office is charged with;

1.  Developing a network of community-based programs to improve suicide prevention initiatives,

2.  Preparing and implementing the statewide suicide prevention plan,

3.  Increasing public awareness concerning suicide prevention,

4.  Coordinating education and training for a variety of professionals who may have contact with persons at risk of suicide.
 

Role of the Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council (SPCC):
 

-The Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council is now a permanent entity that is held accountable to the Legislature.
 It is made up of 28 statutorily designated voting members as well as other individuals who participate in a non-voting capacity.

-The Council will advise the Office of Suicide Prevention in strategies to implement the Florida Suicide Prevention Strategy.

-The Council may form ad hoc committees to help implement the Florida Suicide Prevention Strategy.

-The Council will meet four times per year.

 

-The Council is subject to the Sunshine Law.  All meeting must be in open forum, minutes must be kept,
 and they must be published in the Florida Administrative Weekly.
 Any issue that will come before the Council for official vote shall not be discussed between two or
 more Council members outside of a Council meeting.  This only applies to the 28 statutorily designated members.

 

-The Council shall prepare an annual report and present it to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by January 1, 2008, and each year thereafter.
The annual report must describe the status of existing and planned initiatives identified in the statewide plan for suicide prevention and any recommendations arising there from.