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The following inormation is an edited version of the stated goals of all 50 states when it comes to their suicide intervention goals for the new year, 2012. The editing was done by CATS with an attention to duplication, specificity to one state and value of the idea for adaptation by other states. CATS has also put in bold, those ideas it thinks has particularly noteworthy merit. With all this in mine, we offer the information to be of assistance to all those interested and involved in trying to be part of the solution to the problem. It is…

C.A.T.S. State Suicide Prevention Plans, Summaries


Alabama will maintain web pages on prevention, distribute a prevention brochure, provide a crisis hotline, hold a media event, provide a training course at police academies.


Alaska is focusing on statewide training of trainers while increasing the capacity of schools and youth organizations to implement this and other suicide prevention curricula.


 Arizona’s will promote public education campaigns for youth suicide prevention.


Arkansas will also work with schools to appoint Parent Facilitators who can work with parents and communities to prevent suicides, promote anti-bullying programs, and raise awareness about the connection between youth suicides and drug and alcohol use.



California’s approach to prevention will include positive youth development, mental health best practices, provider screening and referrals, and an emphasis on the needs of foster youth. As part of a larger project with the California Adolescent Health Collaborative for the development of adolescent health indicators, the state will identify areas with high and areas with low suicide rates.


Statewide distribution of community grants for suicide prevention.


Through a variety of case management programs, the Department of Public Health will identify perinatal depression. A train-the-trainer curriculum will be used to increase understanding among non-mental health state employees of child and adolescent development, including training for mental health clinicians in school-based health centers will also be provided.


Delaware will focus on the identification and treatment of behavior problems through the Early Comprehensive Childhood Systems initiative.


Through a comprehensive school health services project, school nurses and social workers will provide education about suicide prevention, as well as referrals for mental health services. . The Florida Suicide Prevention Task Force will hold its fourth Suicide Prevention Symposium and the sixth annual Suicide Prevention Day.


Georgia will work with the state’s injury prevention program and Suicide Advisory Committee on prevention initiatives. The state will also provide staff education on suicide prevention and conduct surveillance through implementation of the Behavior and Risk in Teens (BART) Survey.


The state’s Suicide Prevention Task Force (SPTF) will raise awareness about youth suicide and about the connection between mental health and substance abuse. to create a faith-based community outreach program, and collaborate with the Hawaii SPEAR Foundation to organize the second annual Statewide Suicide Prevention Conference.


A combination of in-person and videoconference trainings in suicide prevention will be offered with funding available statewide for individuals to become QPR (question, persuade, and refer) trainers The Alliance will also launch a public awareness campaign, promote school-based initiatives, assess data, and organize activities for Suicide Prevention Month.


Indiana will provide technical assistance to individuals, communities, and the state’s 12 local and regional suicide prevention councils.


As part of its State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grant, Iowa will be organizing a suicide prevention symposium.


Technical assistance will be provided to support the development of Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention programs in schools.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will also promote training programs for mental health clinicians. A telemedicine network will continue to link schools to mental health services. Adolescent health staff have been tasked to explore the connections among mental health, bullying prevention, and substance use prevention


The Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group (KSPG), located within the state’s Cabinet of Health Services, will be organizing a series of focus groups for suicide survivors, pursuing media opportunities to increase public understanding of suicide, producing a bimonthly newsletter, exploring ways to reach young people with prevention information via Internet sites such as My Space and You Tube, and implementing three suicide prevention programs – Signs of Suicide (SOS), Reconnecting Youth (RY), and Coping and Support Training (CAST) –


Louisian will continue to promote schools’ use of the Columbia University Teen Screen Program to identify youth who are at risk of suicide, and will also hold leadership meetings for its regional coalitions in order to create toolkits, resource guides, and school prevention plans.


Maine will continue to offer train-the-trainer sessions, and will hold a suicide prevention conference and the state will continue to promote its 24-hour crisis hotline.


Governor’s Interagency Workgroup on Youth Suicide Prevention, will organize a statewide conference on adolescent suicide prevention, implement prevention programs in schools, and conduct media campaigns.


Massachusetts will finish revisions to its suicide prevention plan, deliver prevention trainings to program managers at adolescent residential facilities, and provide best practice information to school-based health centers.


Michigan will develop action steps for the implementation of its suicide prevention plan, support local and regional suicide prevention coalitions, increase participation in its suicide prevention symposia, and collaborate with the Department of Education to create voluntary suicide prevention guidelines for schools.


The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will continue to promote mental health screening, access to services, and crisis intervention for youth.


The Mississippi State Department of Health and other members of the Mississippi Youth Suicide Prevention Council will hold a youth suicide prevention conference.


Referrals for mental health services are provided through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services toll-free telephone line for maternal and child health care.


The Montana Family and Child Health Bureau will continue to collect data from local Fetal, Infant, and Child Mortality Review teams and to provide information about suicide prevention interventions to the affected communities.


Nebraska will continue to implement the Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) program and Teen Screen.


The Injury Prevention Program will maintain its collaboration with the Office of Suicide Prevention.

New Hampshire

The Adolescent Health Coordinator will work with community health centers to expand screening for adolescent depression and will continue to participate in meetings of the Youth Suicide Prevention Assembly (YSPA). The YSPA plans to coordinate suicide awareness events, distribute fact sheets and other informational materials, and promote suicide prevention trainings by community health centers and the Samaritans. Garrett Lee Smith grant.

New Jersey

New Jersey’s Department of Health and Senior Services will develop plans to prevent suicide, as well as other sudden, traumatic deaths to children.

New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Health’s Office of School and Adolescent Health (OSAH) will begin a statewide telehealth program for school-based health centers to enhance the mental health services available to youth. Child Fatality Review teams.

New York

The School-Based Mental Health Center Program also does a mental health assessment that includes an evaluation of suicide risk. The program provides referrals and crisis intervention visits when needed.

North Carolina

North Carolina will continue to provide suicide data and to supply workshop presenters to local communities. It will offer Living Works trainings.

North Dakota

MCH-funded services such as WIC and Family Planning will also distribute suicide prevention information.


A report on teen suicide and youth mental health issues will be produced and distributed to health care providers and educators.


Training for nurses will be ongoing. . The fifth annual suicide prevention conference will take place, and the MCH program will work with the Council to develop a referral process for individuals at risk for suicide.


Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act regional sites will make a determination about using the Air Force Model for worksite suicide prevention with 18 to 24 year olds Two suicide prevention conferences will be held in northeast and southern Oregon. Three counties will hold trainings for mental health clinicians. The Youth Suicide Prevention program will continue to promote implementation of the RESPONSE program and ASIST trainings, expand the number of Question, Persuade, and Respond (QPR) trainers, provide technical assistance to local coalitions and staff support to a statewide coalition, evaluate youth suicide prevention programs, and present on suicide information and data.


The state is also planning activities for Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s Division of Community, Family Health and Equity will continue to support the Youth Action Research program and school-based health centers to increase adolescent involvement in health policy and access to health care. The Division will also lead the state’s suicide prevention task force, participate in the Child Death Review Team, and implement ParentLinkRI, an online resource directory.

South Carolina

The state’s suicide prevention website will be finalized.

South Dakota

The state will also train facilitators of suicide survivor support groups and develop web pages for youth to be posted on the state’s suicide prevention website.


Adolescent health guides with information about the warning signs of suicide will be distributed statewide in both English and Spanish. Youth suicide prevention fact sheets and resource directories will also be distributed to local health departments.


Texas will support a variety of work groups that focus on suicide prevention, including the Texas Suicide Prevention Community Network and the Texas Suicide Prevention Council. Support will also be provided to Community Mental Health Suicide Prevention projects. Policy recommendations will be developed, and the integration of mental health into primary care settings will continue.


The Children’s Mental Health Promotion Specialist will participate in the Suicide Prevention Council and the Child Fatality Review Committee and work with the Violence and Injury Prevention Program to access suicide data. Suicide prevention trainings will be provided based on the results of the Utah Department of Health’s Professional Mental Health Provider Training Needs Assessment.


Suicide prevention activities that will include infrastructure building with the Vermont Youth Suicide Prevention Coalition, a statewide media campaign with the United Way. The state will also review suicide attempt and completion data and follow up on the 2008 Poisoning Prevention Symposium, which provided information on the extent to which poisoning is a mechanism for suicide.


The DIVP will also continue to work with James Madison University regarding the mental health needs of college students.


Implementation of the state’s Injury & Violence Prevention Guide will continue.

West Virginia

The West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide will work to reduce the stigma associated with seeking and receiving mental health services, reduce access to lethal means, provide support to suicide survivors, promote support for suicide prevention among providers, and improve public awareness and understanding of suicide.


It will provide analyses of suicide data to local health departments and work with Child Death Review teams. Kenosha County will continue to pursue a three-year project to expand risk assessment in schools, implement a referral system, and increase mental health services.


The MFH section will work with Coordinated School Health Programs to promote suicide prevention and provide grants for public health nursing to county health departments.