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Website: Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition

Website: Florida Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention

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Recent Developments and Legislation 
2011
Legislature repeals 2010 Suicide Prevention state statute that allowed Florida school districts to accept suicide prevention education as a part of teacher continuing education.
2011
July - Legislature moves Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program office of the Department of Children and Families in state reorganization.
2010
Florida Legislature removes Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention as a line item in its budget. There are no funds designated for the SOSP. The Florida Department of Children and Families commits resources for a part time staff to develop new resources for the SOSP and suicide prevention initiatives.
2009
April - State Integration Project initiated. The project will focus on institutionalizing suicide prevention by integrating it into the policies, procedures, and practices of state agencies. In order to adequately address suicide, efforts must be infused throughout the services delivered by state government and into the agencies themselves.
2009
June 30 - 'Self-Injury: Testimony, Insight, and Critical Issues' webinar held, presented by Dr Scott Poland
2009
May 28 - 'Creating Competent School Communities for Suicide Prevention' webinar held, presented by Maureen Underwood
2009
May 14 - 'School Crisis Prevention and Intervention' webinar held, presented by Richard Lieberman
2009
HR 9103 - Recognizes April 22, 2009 as 'Suicide Prevention Day' in Florida. Sponsored by Juan Zapata, adopted on 4/17/09.
2009
HB 1443 - The bill directs the Department of Children and Family Services to establish up to three pilot projects for the purpose of reducing suicide among veterans and increasing access to services. This bill also requires the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, and the Florida National Guard to enter into partnerships with the pilot projects and community providers to implement the initiative and establishes a veterans' suicide prevention direct-support organization answerable to the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention to assist with funding veterans' suicide prevention initiatives. Sponsored by Adam Fetterman, indefinitely postponed, died in committee on 5/2/09.
2009
SB 2009 - The bill requires that, beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, each school district provide access to suicide prevention education for all instructional and administrative staff using resources approved by the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention. Sponsored by Ted Deutch, indefinitely postponed, died in committee on 5/2/09.