Coalition Task Force Members

Coalition Task Force Members

A number of SD communities have a Suicide Prevention and/or Prevention Coalition that works to promote suicide awareness and prevention activities locally through various efforts.

Coalition Contact List

Order SAMHSA Grant Materials These materials were developed in part under grant 1U79SM061749-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Contact Information for Community Partnership Suicide Prevention (CPSP) grant communities

Aberdeen – Northern State University
Erin Olson –

Hot Springs – EMPOWER Coalition of the Southern Hills
Valerie Henry –

Mitchell – Mitchell Area Suicide Prevention Task Force
Anne Kelly –

Rapid City – Front Porch Coalition
Stephanie Schweitzer-Dixon –

Sisseton – Aliive Roberts County
Sara McGregor-Okroi –

Sioux Falls – Sioux Falls Suicide Prevention Task Force
Janet Kittams –

Spearfish – Youthwise
Dominique Charlson –

Vermillion – University of South Dakota
Michele Turner –

Watertown – Watertown Healthy Youth (Human Services Agency)
Kelli Rumpza –

White River  – Michael Glynn Memorial Coalition
Joyce Glynn –

Department of Social Services

Resources for Coalitions/Task Force Members  

Evidence-based programs:

  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), maintains the Best Practices Registry (BPR). This project, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), identifies, reviews, and disseminates information about best practices that address specific objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The BPR has three sections. Section I: Evidence-Based Programs, includes both programs rigorously evaluated and reviewed by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices and by SPRC and AFSP. Section II: Expert and Consensus Statements makes recommendations and provides guidance for best practices without the same level of evaluation as Section I; and Section III: Adherence to Standards, provides a variety of materials, protocols, and policies addressing specific objectives found in the NSSP.
  • Read this advice on how to use the BPR
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a guide to assist with the difficult task of finding the right treatment for those with mental health issues titled “Choosing the Right Treatment: What Families Need to Know About Evidence-Based Practices”.