Zero Suicide Academy Application


New Jersey Health and Behavioral Health Care Zero Suicide Academy #2 Sept. 14, 15, 18


September 14th-18th, 2020


Virtual Academy - Online

Sponsoring Organization

New Jersey Health and Behavioral Health Care Zero Suicide Academy #2

The Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services is now accepting applications for the Virtual Zero Suicide Academy #3. This is the third of three opportunities to take part in a Zero Suicide Academy in New Jersey. 

Three Day Zero Suicide Academy Dates/Time:  September 14th, 15th and 18th, 2020   8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily

Sponsoring Organization Email


Zero Suicide Academy fees and materials will be provided by the sponsor. All other costs, such as technology equipment, are not included and must be covered by participating organizations.

Participant Eligibility

Eligibility is limited to health and behavioral health care organizations within New Jersey, including mental health and substance use treatment agencies, behavioral health homes, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, psychiatric screening/crisis services, inpatient psychiatric units, Federally Qualified Health Centers and other primary care practices, emergency departments, and medical centers. Applicants are encouraged to come with a team of 4 individuals including the person identified as the lead for the system’s Zero Suicide initiative. Some exceptions can be made to number of participants per team. Each team member should be available to participate all three days of the Academy.

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

All organizations wishing to be considered for the Zero Suicide Academy will submit the application by the due date.

Application Instructions

The Zero Suicide Academy application consists of:

  1. A letter of commitment written by the organization’s CEO/Senior Executive Leader. The CEO/Senior Executive Leader should review and approve the submission and agree to the strategy proposed.
  2. A narrative that responds to the following: 
    • Briefly describe the members of your Zero Suicide implementation team and their relevant skills, knowledge, and 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?

Note: Zero Suicide implementation team members should include persons who can both champion Zero Suicide with passion and those who 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, or person with lived experience.

A Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study is to be completed by your implementation team members prior to the Academy. 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. To access these resources, you will need to create an account (this is different than the application login, however you can use the same user name and password to avoid confusion).  


Application materials should be submitted via the Zero Suicide Institute website by September 3, 2020.


Application released: July 23, 2020

Application due: September 3, 2020

Applicants notified of their status: September 4, 2020

Zero Suicide Online Academy conducted: September 14, 15 and 18, 2020   8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily


For application questions or issues:

View List of Accepted Organizations

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