The New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council is in but not of DCF and was established by statute in 2004 (N.J.S.A. 30:9A-25). The council consists of 18 members from state government and public members appointed by the Governor, the President of the Senate, and by the Speaker of the General Assembly. The purpose of the council is to examine existing needs and services and make recommendations to the Department of Children and Families for youth reporting, prevention, and intervention. Further, the council seeks to educate youth and families at risk about the resources available for suicide prevention and post intervention, and to reduce the overall incidents of suicide throughout the State of New Jersey.