Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed Brian K. Ahmedani, Ph.D., of Brighton, to the Suicide Prevention Commission.
Ahmedani is a research scientist and the director of research at the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research at Henry Ford Health System, and director of research for the Department of Psychiatry. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work from Michigan State University. Ahmedani is appointed to represent a member who is a researcher with an advanced degree from a university that is located in this state and is nominated by the Michigan Association of State Universities. He is appointed for a term commencing April 3, 2020, and expiring April 2, 2024.
The Suicide Prevention Commission was signed into law in 2019 and became effective March 19, 2020. The Commission will work with state departments and agencies and nonprofit organizations to research the causes and possible underlying factors of suicide in Michigan. The Commission consists of 16 members recommended by various organizations and appointed by the Governor, a member appointed by the director of the Michigan State Police, a member appointed by the director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, eight members recommended by various organizations and appointed by the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Michigan veterans’ facility ombudsman.
This appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the senate.