Zero Suicide Academy Application


Douglas County, Kansas Zero Suicide Academy


April 29th-30th, 2020


Lawrence, Kansas

Sponsoring Organization

Douglas County Behavioral Health Leadership Coalition

Sponsoring Organization Email


For participant teams serving residents of Douglas County, Kansas, Zero Suicide Academy fees, materials, and lunch will be provided by the sponsor. All other costs, such as travel and lodging, are not included and must be covered by participating organizations. Teams from outside of Douglas County interested in participating in the Zero Suicide Academy should contact the sponsor for fee structure.

Participant Eligibility

Eligibility is limited to health and behavioral health care organizations serving Kansas residents with a preference for organizations with a physical presence in Douglas County, Kansas including Community Mental Health Centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, primary care, crisis service providers, health systems, and substance use treatment providers. Applicants are to come with a team of 4 individuals including the person identified as the lead for the system’s Zero Suicide initiative. Recommendations for team composition include:

Person(s) responsible and with authority for implementation decisions (e.g. Medical Doctor, CIO, ED, BH Director, or IT).

  • At least one senior leader/management (irrespective of discipline area).
  • At least one person who manages your electronic health records (EHR) system, quality improvement, or risk management.
  • At least one person (e.g., case manager, psychologist, social worker, nurse, other) who provides care to patients daily.

Selection Criteria

The review committee will rate applications based on their merit in responding to this application. The review committee reserves the right to select participants who are representative of geographical and organizational diversity. Applications will be judged using the following criteria:

  • The CEO or Director’s knowledge of and commitment to the Zero Suicide initiative.
  • The feasibility of the timeline and work plan.
  • Incorporation of the Zero Suicide model into care as outlined in the Toolkit.
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaboration among team members.
  • The incorporation of persons with lived experience in leadership and planning roles.

Application Instructions

The Zero Suicide Academy application consists of:

  1. A cover sheet. The lead applicant will receive all correspondence and must be one of the four team members.
  2. A letter of commitment written by the organization’s Director. The Director should review and approve the submission and agree to the strategy proposed.
  3. A narrative that, in two to four pages, responds to the following: 
    • Briefly describe the members of your team and the relevant skills, knowledge, and experience they bring to the Zero Suicide Academy. Note: Zero Suicide Implementation team members should include persons who can both champion Zero Suicide with passion and have some power and influence in your system. This can include clinical directors, senior clinical staff with coordination over a certain area or department, information technology, risk management or quality improvement, person with lived experience.
    • What are your team’s goals for participating in the Zero Suicide Academy and what does the team hope to learn during the training?
    • What successes and /or challenges have you had as a team or with other collaborative efforts?
    • An abstract describing how you would like to apply Zero Suicide in your organization. The abstract can include aims, description of approach, and tentative implementation plan, drawing heavily from the toolkit. The abstract should include how you plan to successfully embed and sustain comprehensive suicide care in your organization.
  4. A Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study is completed by your implementation team members. We offer two versions of the Organizational Self-Study: the General Organizational Self-Study and the Inpatient Organizational Self-Study. Organizations can choose to take one or both available Self-Studies. If you would like to review the questions before taking the survey, we offer a PDF of each version of the Self-Study. 


Application materials should be submitted via the Zero Suicide Institute website by February 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm CST. You will be notified via email by March 11, 2020 about your application status.


  • Application released 22 January 2020
  • Application due 26 February 2020
  • Applicants notified of their status 11 March 2020
  • Zero Suicide Academy conducted 29-30 April 2020
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