About the Strengthening and Sustaining Ohio's Suicide Prevention Coalitions (SSOSPC) Inititative
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) has partnered with the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF) and Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs (OU-GVS) to enhance the work of suicide prevention coalitions across the state to align with Ohio’s Suicide Prevention Plan and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) seven strategies for preventing suicide.
Seventeen suicide prevention coalitions covering 23 counties were funded in the spring of 2020 to engage in an eight-month learning community with peers and receive wraparound support services in order to strengthen local suicide prevention efforts and build community capacity to make a greater impact in suicide prevention across Ohio.
Through participation in the learning community, coalitions are (1) conducting a Community Readiness Assessment to better understand local conditions that guide appropriate suicide prevention strategies, (2) developing the knowledge and skills needed to increase the infrastructure and sustainability support group/coalition sustainability, (3) enhancing strategic planning efforts through data-driven decision-making, and (4) engaging in professional development and leadership skill-building opportunities.
About the Leadership Team
The SSOSPC Initiative is led by a unique partnership between several organizations. Representatives from each organization meet on a weekly basis. The Leadership Team also provides wraparound support services, including technical assistance and professional/leadership development to grantees at no additional cost as they work to complete grant deliverables.