Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: April 29, 2013
Sen. Kim David
Governor signs Senate bill expanding Suicide Prevention
A measure to help better address suicide in the state
will soon be law. Gov. Fallin signed Senate Bill 181 last week.
The measure, by Sen. Kim
David, will extend the Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council until
2020 as well as increase the number of members to represent the
special needs of more citizens in the state.
“Oklahoma’s suicide rate is 36 percent higher than the
national average, and suicides outnumber homicides in our state
by more than three-to-one. One suicide is too many and we must find
a way to stop this type of tragic and senseless death in our state,”
said David, R-Porter. “Suicide is an issue that affects all
communities regardless of age, gender, race or economic status.
This council is an important tool in helping our communities better
address this growing problem and help our citizens.”
The bill would add six additional members to the committee to include
two members to represent military service members to be appointed
by the Senate President Pro Tempore; two members representing Native
American/Tribal members to be appointed by the House Speaker; and
two members representing the medical community, including but not
limited to licensed medical providers or hospital administrators,
to be appointed by the Governor.
“It was important to add these new members because they represent
populations in which suicide rates are increasing or are dramatically
higher than other populations,” said David, chairman of the
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.
SB 181 will go into effect November 1, 2013.
For more information, contact:
Sen. David: (405) 521-5590