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CAPITOL HILL HEARING TESTIMONY

March 2, 2004

COMMITTEE: SENATE HEALTH, EDUCATION, LABOR AND PENSIONS

TESTIMONY-BY: LAURIE FLYNN, DIRECTOR

BILL-NO: H.R. 3063

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Good Morning Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee; as Director of the Carmel Hill Center for Early Diagnosis and Treatment within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University, I am honored to participate as a witness at today's hearing on youth suicide prevention. The Carmel Hill Center administers the Columbia University TeenScreen Program, a mental health screening and suicide prevention initiative for youth.

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In Florida, our partnership is an example of the relationship between youth suicide, mental illness, and substance abuse prevention. TeenScreen Program staff has been working with Governor Jeb Bush to help achieve his goal of reducing suicides in the state. We have specifically collaborated with Jim McDonough, Director of the Office of Drug Control and the state Suicide Prevention Talk Force. In partnership with the University of South Florida we are piloting district wide mental health screening of 9th graders in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

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