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Illinois Suicide Data Project

Principal Investigator: Monique Sheppard
Sponsor: IL Dept. of Public Health
(1/15/2009 - 6/30/2009)

Proposal Abstract
1) Interview managers of suicide data sets in IL, including managers of the following data sets: substance abuse, child death review, YRBSS, poison center data, hotline data, NVDRS (private data in IL), emergency room data, community mental health data, medical examiner data, and psychiatric hospital data (Feb - May 2009). 2) Draft document that shows information about IL suicide data sets, especially non-fatal data, including recommendations to improve data collection. The report will identify data pros, cons, gaps & needs, as well as summarize the data manager interviews (June 2009). 3) Discuss document with MHAI and others they deem appropriate (ie Suicide Task Force) (June 2009). 4) Prepare and host webinar (MHAI will be responsible for advertising webinar) and finalize suicide data set document (June - July 2009).