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Public policy priorities

AFSP Field Advocates have won many victories at both federal and state levels, including passage of landmark legislation like the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act, mandatory suicide prevention training and policies for schools, and mental health parity in insurance coverage. Learn more about our top federal and state public policy priorities, below.

AFSP’s 2019-2020 Public Policy Synopsis is also available in pdf form. Click here to download the synopsis.

Crisis lines funding and support

AFSP supports increases in federal and state or local funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and its network of independently operated state and local crisis centers.

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Mental health parity

AFSP supports uniform implementation of laws requiring mental health parity in insurance coverage.

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K-12 school suicide prevention

AFSP supports requirements for regular suicide prevention training and the adoption of suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention policies in schools.

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Military and Veteran suicide prevention

AFSP supports legislation that prioritizes suicide prevention for Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families.

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Extreme risk protection orders

AFSP supports the use of ERPOs as a tool to help prevent suicide when voluntary efforts to separate an at-risk individual from a firearm are unsuccessful or impossible and suicide risk is imminent.

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Health professional training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management

AFSP supports training requirements for primary care and mental health professionals in suicide assessment, treatment, and management.

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Conversion therapy bans

AFSP stands with the consensus of every major health organization and supports bans on practicing conversion therapy on minors.

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University and college campus suicide prevention

AFSP supports increased awareness of and access to mental health and suicide prevention resources on university and college campuses.

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Statewide suicide initiatives and plans

AFSP supports effective statewide suicide prevention plans that are fully implemented, funded, and address suicide prevention across the lifespan.

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Action Center

Visit our Action Center to stay up to date on the federal and state bills that need your support.

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