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New state suicide fatality review committee taking applications

By ThisIsReno

DHHS MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT

In connection with National and State Suicide Prevention week, the Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention is encouraging those interested in serving on the newly created Suicide Fatality Review Committee to apply.

During the 2013 Legislative Session, AB 29 was passed to establish an independent, multi-disciplinary, suicide fatality review committee.  This committee will gather data through a process that enables jurisdictions to come together in a collaborative forum to openly discuss detailed circumstances of a suicide death.  Through the review process, the committee will be able to identify and better understand risk factors and promote protective factors toward the prevention of suicide.

“This is an important step toward improved suicide prevention in Nevada,” said Misty Vaughan Allen, Suicide Prevention Coordinator of Nevada.

 Background information:

During the 2013 Legislative Session, AB 29 was passed to establish an independent, multi-disciplinary, suicide fatality review committee.  This committee will gather data through a process that enables jurisdictions to come together in a collaborative forum to openly discuss detailed circumstances of a suicide death.  Through the review process, the Committee will be able to identify and better understand risk factors and promote protective factors toward the prevention of suicide.  The Committee shall submit a report annually to the Director that will include information regarding any trends or patterns in suicide fatalities or serious injuries or risk factors concerning those fatalities; In addition, this report will include any recommendations for changes in any law, policy or practice that may assist the Committee in preventing suicide fatalities in the state of Nevada.

The committee must consist of the following 10 members appointed by the Director:

(a) A county coroner or medical examiner or his or her designee; (b) One person who represents providers of health care; (c) One person who represents organizations having expertise in suicide prevention; (d) One person who represents organizations having expertise in the treatment of substance abuse and prevention; (e) One person who represents mental health agencies; (f) One person who represents law enforcement; (g) One person who represents injury prevention; (h) One person who represents Native American tribes; (i) One person who represents advocates for individuals and families with mental illness; and (j) One person who represents veterans.  Four members will serve for a term of 3 years; three members will serve for a term of 2 years; and three members will serve for a term of 1 year. After this initial term, each member of the Committee shall serve for a term of 3 years and may be reappointed.

READ and CAREFULLY FOLLOW the instructions below.

1.         The application packet includes a questionnaire (2 pages).

2.         Please complete each question fully, attaching additional explanation(s), if needed.

3.         Return the completed questionnaire and any attachments to:

 Office of Suicide Prevention

Attn: Suicide Fatality Review Committee

445 Apple Street, Suite 104

Reno, Nevada 89502

OR return the application by fax to (775) 689-2067

or email: [email protected]

4.         Please also provide a current resume, biography, or curriculum vitae when you submit the application. The biographical information may be provided to the press upon your appointment.

5.         Your receipt of this application packet does not indicate that you have been selected or appointed. Accordingly, please be cautious of making any statements to the effect until you have been specifically informed of your appointment. The Director’s Office will notify you of your appointment if you are qualified and selected for the position.

6.         Please direct any questions you have regarding the contents of this application packet or the process to Misty Vaughan Allen, suicide prevention coordinator, at (775) 688-2964 ext. 249.

The application to serve on the committee can be found on this link: http://dhhs.nv.gov/SuicidePrevention.htm.