The Alliance advocates and works to inform and strengthen Oregon’s suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention policies, services, and supports to prevent youth and young adults from dying by suicide. Our vision is that, in Oregon, all young people have hope, feel safe asking for help, can access and receive the right help at the right time to prevent suicide, and live in communities that build resilience, foster healing, connection, and wellness.
In 2014, the Oregon Legislature mandated development of a five-year Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan (YSIPP). The Oregon Health Authority’s Health Systems Division (HSD) and Public Health Division (PHD) worked with interested parties from across Oregon to adopt strategic directions, goals and objectives from the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP), develop actions to operationalize and start discussions to implement the plan in 2016.
The YSIPP guides the work of The Alliance.
The policy guide informs and support policy setting practices within the organization. Each year the members of the Alliance set an annual policy agenda to identify the focus of efforts for short term policy goals and inform longer term policy activities. This document serves as a guide for decision-making on short- and long-term policy work as well as supports our role in advising OHA, advocating for suicide prevention and intervention strategies, and building an energized statewide network of suicide prevention coalitions. This is a living document and overtime will be updated. The first update will be to apply an equity lens when the Equity Steering Committee provides recommendations to the Alliance.
Alliance Policy Priorities
The Alliance started preparing for the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session earlier this year and members provided input and voted on the following policy priorities.
Learn more about the legislative session in Oregon, how you can get involved and participate in the session, and how to read a legislative measure.
Oregon Suicide Prevention Laws
Oregon has made legislative strides for better Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention. Alliance members past and present were key advocates for each piece of legislation listed.