Suicide Prevention Commission

This commission works with state departments, and agencies, and nonprofit organizations on researching the causes and possible underlying factors of suicide in this state. The research must focus on demographics showing the highest suicide rates in this state in the decade immediately preceding the effective date of this act, and the highest growth in suicide rates during the time period described in this subdivision. In determining the demographics, the commission shall consider, at a minimum, all of the following: (i) Urban and rural areas, including the Upper Peninsula. (ii) Race. (iii) Sex. (iv) Occupation. (v) Age. (vi) Socioeconomic status. (b).  By 6 months after the effective date of this act, prepare and present a preliminary report of its research and findings to the legislature. The report must include identified causes for the increase in suicide rates among the demographics described in subdivision (a) and any other information the commission considers relevant. (c) By 1 year after the effective date of this act, and each year thereafter, prepare and present to the legislature an updated version of the report described in subdivision (b). The updated version of the report must include recommendations for reducing risk factors among the demographics described in subdivision (a) and contain a list of evidence-based programs for suicide prevention in this state with successful outcomes.

 

Statute:    PA 177 of 2019 

Contact: 

James Bell III, MSW
State Assistant Administrator
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Phone:  517-335-3701
Email:   BellJ10@michigan.gov

Current Members:

Governor’s Appointees:

Brian Ahmedani, Brighton
Represents a researcher with an advanced degree from a university that is located in this state nominated by the Michigan Association of State Universities
term expires  04/02/2024

Corbin Standley, Lansing
Represents an undergraduate or graduate student who is studying or working in the area of suicide prevention nominated by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
term expires 04/02/2024

Nancy Buyle, Chesterfield
Represents a nominee from the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators and who is trained in the “Michigan Model for Health” curriculum
term expires 04/02/2024

Debra Brinson, Eaton Rapids
Represents a nominee from the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan
term expires  04/02/2024

William Beecroft, Mason
Represents health plans nominated by the Michigan Association of Health Plans and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
term expires 04/02/2024

Ryan Schroelucke, St. Clair Shores
Represents an individual with knowledge or expertise in retiree or vulnerable adult mental health issues nominated by the Fraternal Order of Police
term expires  04/02/2024

Thomas Reich, Eaton Rapids
Represents a suicide loss survivor nominated by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association
term expires  04/02/2024

Frank Kevin Fischer, Plymouth
Represents a national health care system whose work in this state focuses on providing comprehensive behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and adults throughout this state
term expires  04/02/2024

Kenneth Wolf, West Bloomfield
Represents an individual who is experienced in crisis intervention for suicide response nominated by the Police Officers Association of Michigan
term expires  04/02/2024

Danny Hagen, Harrison Township
Represents an individual nominated by the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs
term expires 04/02/2024

Cary Johnson, Lansing
Represents an individual nominated by the Michigan Corrections Organization
term expires  04/02/2024

John Joseph, Grand Blanc
Represents an individual who has experience in suicide prevention nominated by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police
term expires 04/02/2024

Jessica DeJohn, Grand Rapids
Represents a faith-based organization nominated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
term expires 04/02/2024

Shaun Abbey, Byron Center
Represents the Michigan Professional Firefighters Union nominated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
term expires 04/02/2024

Laurin Jozlin, Huntington Woods
Represents a nominee of the Senate Majority Leader with expertise in suicide prevention from a community mental health services program that holds a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration
term expires 04/02/2024

Kiran Taylor, M.D., Grand Rapids
Represents a nominee of the Senate Majority Leader
term expires 04/02/2024

Appointed by MSP Director:

Richard Copen, Bath
Represents one member who is appointed by the director of the department of state police with expertise in substance use disorders.
term expires 04/02/2024

Michigan Veterans' Facility Ombudsman or designee:

Kellie Cody Jr., Ph.D., Augusta
Represents the Michigan Veterans’ Facility Ombudsman or his or her designee
term expires 04/02/2024

Appointed by the MDMVA Director:

Zaneta Adams, Muskegon
Represents one member who is appointed by the director of the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs
term expires 04/02/2024

Appointed by MDHHS Director:

Jennifer Morgan, Boyne City
Represents one member who represents a substance use disorder treatment provider who is selected from a list of nominees submitted by the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan
term expires 04/02/2024

Adelle McLain Cadieux, Holland
Represents one member who is selected from a list of nominees submitted by the Michigan Psychological Association
term expires 04/02/2024

John Greden, Ann Arbor
Represents one member who is selected from a list of nominees submitted by the Michigan Psychiatric Society
term expires 04/02/2024

Dawne Velianoff, Grand Ledge
Represents one member who is selected from a list of nominees submitted by the Michigan Primary Care Association
term expires 04/02/2024

Cathrine Frank, Birmingham
Represents one member who is selected from a list of nominees submitted by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association and who meets both of the following requirements: (A) Is a physician licensed to engage in the practice of medicine or the practice of osteopathic medicine and surgery. (B) Has expertise in neurology
term expires 04/02/2024

Sarah Derwin, Gwinn
Represents One member who is in charge of a local health department or his or her designee
term expires 04/02/2024

Lily Bothe, Muskegon
Represents one member who is a suicide attempt survivor
term expires 04/02/2024

Barbara Smith, Saginaw
Represents an appointee of the Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
term Expires 04/02/2024