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Title:First Responders Suicide Task Force
Function:Task Force members shall recommend that agencies and organizations guarantee access to mental health and wellness services, including, but not limited to, peer support programs and providing ongoing education related to the ever-evolving concept of mental health wellness. Task Force members shall recommend agencies and organizations sponsor or facilitate first responders with specialized training in the areas of psychological fitness, depressive disorders, early detection, and mitigation best practices. Task Force members shall recommend that administrators and leadership personnel solicit training services from evidence-based, data driven organizations. Organizations with personnel trained on the analytical review and interpretation of specific fields related to the nature of first responders' exploits, such as PTSD, substance abuse, chronic state of duress. Task Force members shall further recommend funding for expansion and messaging campaigns of preliminary self-diagnosing technologies like the one described above. Task Force members shall recommend that agencies and organizations incorporate the following training components into already existing modules and educational curriculums.
Senate Confirmation:No
Compensation:None.
Composition:The Task Force shall be composed of the following members: (1) the Director of State Police or his or her designee; (2)the Director of Public Health or his or her designee; (3) 2 members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall serve as co-chair; (4) 2 members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; (5) 2 members of the Senate appointed by the President of the Senate, one of whom shall serve as co-chair; (6) 2 members of the Senate appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; (7) 2 members who represent 2 different mental health organizations, one appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives and one appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; (8) one member who represents an organization that advocates on behalf of police appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; (9) one member who represents the Chicago Police Department appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; (10) 2 members who represent organizations that advocate on behalf of firefighters appointed by the President of the Senate; (11) one member who represents the Chicago Fire Department appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; and (12) one member who represents an organization that advocates on behalf of sheriffs in the State of Illinois appointed by the President of the Senate.
Authority:5 ILCS 840/30

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
VACANTDirector of State Police; his or her designeeMember
VACANTDirector of Public Health; his or her designeeMember
VACANTSpeaker of the House of RepresentativesMember of the House of RepresentativesCo-Chair
VACANTSpeaker of the House of RepresentativesMember of the House of RepresentativesMember
VACANTMinority Leader of the House of RepresentativesMember of the House of RepresentativesMember
VACANTMinority Leader of the House of RepresentativesMember of the House of RepresentativesMember
VACANTPresident of the SenateMember of the SenateCo-Chair
VACANTPresident of the SenateMember of the SenateMember
VACANTMinority Leader of the SenateMember of the SenateMember
VACANTMinority Leader of the SenateMember of the SenateMember
VACANTMinority Leader of the SenateMental Health OrganizationMember
VACANTMinority Leader of the House of RepresentativesMental Health OrganizationMember
VACANTSpeaker of the House of RepresentativesOrganization that advocates on behalf of PoliceMember
VACANTMinority Leader of the House of RepresentativesChicago Police DepartmentMember
VACANTPresident of the SenateOrganization that advocates on behalf of FirefightersMember
VACANTPresident of the SenateOrganization that advocates on behalf of FirefightersMember
VACANTMinority Leader of the SenateChicago Fire DepartmentMember
VACANTPresident of the SenateOrganization that advocates on behalf of SheriffsMember