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Governor’s Challenge Leadership Team

2022 Governor's Challenge Leadership Team


Governor’s Challenge Background:

  • On March 5, 2019, President Trump signed Executive Order (13861) on a “National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Suicide” that served as a call to action
  • The VA and HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) partnered to launch the city-level “Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families” and shortly thereafter the state-level “Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families”
  • Jacksonville accepted the city-level Mayor’s Challenge
  • Florida accepted the state-level Governor’s Challenge at the end of 2019
    • Florida was in the second cohort of states in the country to accept this challenge
  • Currently, there are 30+ states and counting that have accepted the Governor’s Challenge

Purpose of the Governor’s Challenge:

  • Broadly – To help local leaders in community and state governments work together to prevent suicide among Veterans
  • Specifically – To convene a state interagency military and civilian team of leaders to develop an implementation plan to prevent suicide among service members, Veterans, and their families that will advance the VA’s National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide and incorporate evidence-based strategies from the CDC’s Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices
    • This state-level initiative works in conjunction with the President’s national PREVENTS Office and Task Force
    • Each Governor’s Challenge Team develops strategic action plans to implement Veteran suicide prevention efforts in a manner tailored to their state’s unique needs and resources

Governor’s Challenge Process

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The Florida Governor’s Challenge Team is comprised of dedicated and passionate individuals from agencies and entities including: