2003 Session

Budget Amendments - SB700 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Mims
Suicide Prevention Plan (language only)

Item 298 #1s

Item 298 #1s

Health And Human Resources
Health and Human Resources, Secretary of

Page 282, after line 12, insert:
"H.  The Secretary of Health and Human Resources, in cooperation with the Secretaries of Education and Public Safety, shall lead an effort to formulate a comprehensive suicide prevention plan.  Participating agencies shall include the Departments of Health; Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services; Social Services; Education; Juvenile Justice; Criminal Justice Services; State Police; Corrections; Aging and any other state agency with an interest in the development of the plan.  The Departments of Health and Aging shall be the lead agencies responsible for developing and supporting the Secretary in this effort.  All affected stakeholders should be involved in the development of this plan.  The plan shall address suicide prevention across the life span with an emphasis on adolescents, the elderly, and high-risk populations.  The plan should establish Virginia's public policy regarding the prevention of suicide, identify the lead agency responsible for carrying out that policy, propose initiatives and interventions to effectively operationalize that policy, identify the sources and amounts of resources to implement the initiative, and propose the creation of a permanent oversight body to monitor implementation.  The plan should be completed by October 1, 2004, and presented to the Governor and General Assembly for their consideration and possible action during the 2005 legislative session."

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)