Location

5015 S. IH 35 Frontage Road STE. 200 Austin, TX 78744

Sponsoring Organization

Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Integral Care

Sponsoring Organization Email

timothy.stacey@integralcare.org

Funding

Zero Suicide Academy fees, materials, and lunch will be provided by the sponsor. All other costs, such as travel and lodging, will be reimbursed up to $700.00 per person if traveling more than 50 miles.

Selection Criteria

All Centers completing the requested application and submitting it by the due date will be invited to participate in the academy.

The Zero Suicide Academy application consists of:

  1. A cover sheet, using the template provided on page 4. The lead applicant will receive all correspondence and must be one of the 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. (Consider this a letter of support for the SCI project and Zero Suicide at your Center)
  3. A narrative that, in two to four pages, responds to the following: 
    1. 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.

    1. What are your team’s goals for participating in the Zero Suicide Academy™ and what does the team hope to learn during the training? (For this, we are looking for an academy vision statement. You can include what your team hopes to learn and any goals you have for the academy)
    2. What successes and /or challenges have you had as a team or with other collaborative efforts?
    3. 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 http://www.zerosuicide.sprc.org toolkit. The abstract should include how you plan to successfully embed and sustain comprehensive suicide care in your organization. (This is akin to your implementation plan)
  1. 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. (Please submit a copy of your FY19 Form Y with your application. If you decide you have grown in your implementation in the last 6 months, consider updating your Form Y to accurately reflect your suicide care practices and submit the update with the application.)

Deadline

Application materials should be submitted via the Zero Suicide Institute website by April 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST. You will be notified via email by April 9, 2020 about your application status.

Timeline

Application released 1/13/20

Application due 4/3/20

Applicants notified of their status 4/9/20

Zero Suicide Academy conducted 5/6-7/20

Contact

Contact:

info@zerosuicideinstitute.com

timothy.stacey@integralcare.org

tammy.weppelman@hhsc.state.tx.us

Location

9401 Southwest Freeway Houston, TX 77074

Sponsoring Organization

Texas Health and Human Services Commission; The Harris Center for MH and IDD

Sponsoring Organization Email

wykisha.mckinney@theharriscenter.org

Funding

Zero Suicide Academy fees, materials, and lunch will be provided by the sponsor. All other costs, such as travel and lodging, will be reimbursed up to $700.00 per person if traveling more than 50 miles.

Selection Criteria

All Centers completing the requested application and submitting it by the due date will be invited to participate in the academy.

The Zero Suicide Academy application consists of:

  1. A cover sheet, using the template provided on page 4. The lead applicant will receive all correspondence and must be one of the 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. (Consider this a letter of support for the SCI project and Zero Suicide at your Center)
  3. A narrative that, in two to four pages, responds to the following: 
    1. 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.

  1. What are your team’s goals for participating in the Zero Suicide Academy and what does the team hope to learn during the training? (For this, we are looking for an academy vision statement. You can include what your team hopes to learn and any goals you have for the academy)
  2. What successes and /or challenges have you had as a team or with other collaborative efforts?
  3. 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 http://www.zerosuicide.sprc.org toolkit. The abstract should include how you plan to successfully embed and sustain comprehensive suicide care in your organization. (This is akin to your implementation plan)
  4. A Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study, completed by the 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. (Please submit the information from your FY19 Form Y by entering the scores into the online application link above.  If you decide you have grown in your implementation in the last 6 months, consider updating your Form Y to accurately reflect your suicide care practices and submit the updated information instead.)

Deadline

Application materials should be submitted via the Zero Suicide Institute website by February 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST. You will be notified via email by February 21, 2020 about your application status.

Timeline

Application released 1/13/20

Application deadline extended to 2/19/20

Applicants notified of their status 2/21/20

Zero Suicide Academy conducted 3/12-13/20

Location

2215 W. Business 83 Weslaco, TX 78596

Sponsoring Organization

Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Tropical Texas Behavioral Health

Sponsoring Organization Email

dbarrera@ttbh.org

Funding

Zero Suicide Academy fees, materials, and lunch will be provided by the sponsor. All other costs, such as travel and lodging, will be reimbursed up to $700.00 per person if traveling more than 50 miles.

Selection Criteria

All Centers completing the requested application and submitting it by the due date will be invited to participate in the academy.

The Zero Suicide Academy application consists of:

  1. A cover sheet, using the template provided on page 4. The lead applicant will receive all correspondence and must be one of the 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. (Consider this a letter of support for the SCI project and Zero Suicide at your Center)
  3. A narrative that, in two to four pages, responds to the following: 
    1. 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.

    1. What are your team’s goals for participating in the Zero Suicide Academy™ and what does the team hope to learn during the training? (For this, we are looking for an academy vision statement. You can include what your team hopes to learn and any goals you have for the academy)
    2. What successes and /or challenges have you had as a team or with other collaborative efforts?
    3. 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 http://www.zerosuicide.sprc.org toolkit. The abstract should include how you plan to successfully embed and sustain comprehensive suicide care in your organization. (This is akin to your implementation plan)
  1. 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. (Please submit the information from your FY19 Form Y by entering the scores into the online application link above. If you decide you have grown in your implementation in the last 6 months, consider updating your Form Y to accurately reflect your suicide care practices and submit the updated information instead.)

Deadline

Application materials should be submitted via the Zero Suicide Institute website by March 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST. You will be notified via email by March 27, 2020 about your application status.

Timeline

Application released 1/13/2020

Application due 3/13/2020

Applicants notified of their status 3/27/2020

Zero Suicide Academy conducted 5/13-14/2020

Contact

Assistance with the application process:

Questions for the sponsor:

Location

600 Commerce St. Fort Worth, TX 76102

Sponsoring Organization

Texas Health and Human Services Commission; MHMR Tarrant County

Sponsoring Organization Email

Brian.hoppe@mhmrtc.org

Funding

Zero Suicide Academy fees, materials, and lunch will be provided by the sponsor. All other costs, such as travel and lodging, will be reimbursed up to $700.00 per person if traveling more than 50 miles.

Selection Criteria

All Centers completing the requested application and submitting it by the due date will be invited to participate in the academy.

The Zero Suicide Academy application consists of:

  1. A letter of commitment written by the organization’s Director. The Director should review and approve the submission and agree to the strategy proposed. (Consider this a letter of support for the SCI project and Zero Suicide at your Center)
  2. A narrative that, in two to four pages, responds to the following: 
    1. 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.

  1. What are your team’s goals for participating in the Zero Suicide Academy and what does the team hope to learn during the training? (For this, we are looking for an academy vision statement. You can include what your team hopes to learn and any goals you have for the academy)
  2. What successes and /or challenges have you had as a team or with other collaborative efforts?
  3. 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 http://www.zerosuicide.sprc.org toolkit. The abstract should include how you plan to successfully embed and sustain comprehensive suicide care in your organization. (This is akin to your implementation plan)
  4. A Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study, completed by the 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. (Please submit the information from your FY19 Form Y by entering the scores into the online application link above.  If you decide you have grown in your implementation in the last 6 months, consider updating your Form Y to accurately reflect your suicide care practices and submit the updated information instead.)

Deadline

Application materials should be submitted via the Zero Suicide Institute website by February 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST. You will be notified via email by February 14, 2020 about your application status.

Timeline

Application released 1/13/2020

Application due 2/07/2020

Applicants notified of their status 2/14/2020

Zero Suicide Academy conducted 3/5-6/2020

Contact

Assistance with the application process:

Questions for the sponsor:

Location

Pocatello, ID

Sponsoring Organization

The Idaho Zero Suicide Academy® is sponsored by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) and  Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH). Funding for this training was made possible by IDHW.

Sponsoring Organization Email

rdamico@siph.idaho.gov

Funding

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.

Selection Criteria

Eligibility:

Eligibility is limited to District county hospitals and associated clinics, FQHCs, larger primary care clinics, and District Community Mental Health Centers. Space is limited to 16 organizations. Applicants must come with a team of 4 individuals that shall include:

  • Person(s) responsible and with authority for implementation decisions (e.g. Medical Doctor, CIO, ED, BH Director, Nurse Manager or IT). It is likely that this person will be the identified lead for the system’s Zero Suicide initiative.
  • At least one senior leader/management (irrespective of discipline area).
  • At least one person who manages your electronic health records (EHR) system.
  • At least one person (e.g., case manager, psychologist, social worker, nurse, other) who provides direct care to patients daily.

Criteria:

The Zero Suicide Academy is not an orientation to the Zero Suicide Initiative – it is geared for organizations that are ready to adopt and implement a Zero Suicide approach. Organizations are encouraged to include individuals with lived experience of suicidal ideation or behavior who can provide insight into the impact of organizational practices on people seeking care.

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:

  1. The CEO or Director’s knowledge of and commitment to the Zero Suicide initiative.
  2. The feasibility of the timeline and work plan.
  3. The organization’s plans and expectations for embedding the Zero Suicide model into care as outlined in the www.zerosuicide.com toolkit.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to collaboration among team members.
  5. The incorporation of persons with lived experience in leadership and planning roles.

Application:

The application will include:

  1. A cover sheet, using the template provided on page 4. 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™.
      • 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, and persons 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 http://www.zerosuicide.sprc.org 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, completed by the 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.

Deadline

Application materials should be submitted via the Zero Suicide Institute website by March 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm EST. You will be notified via email by March 14, 2020 about your application status.

Timeline

Application released: January 14, 2020 

Application due: March 1, 2020

Applicants notified of their status: March 14, 2020

Zero Suicide Academy® conducted: April 14-15, 2020

Contact

Assistance with the application process:

Questions for the sponsor:

AMSR for Behavioral Health Professionals Working in Inpatient Settings

Over 47,000 people died by suicide in the U.S. in 2017. Behavioral health professionals working in inpatient settings play a critical role in the identification, assessment, and management of suicide risk among their patients.

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) teaches best practices recommended by the nation's leading experts in the research and delivery of suicide care.

"AMSR for inpatient care has allowed clinicians to become more confident and competent in providing suicide safer interventions for individuals at the peak of a crisis.”

Karen Johnson, Senior Vice President,Compliance Officer, Universal Health Services

The AMSR for Behavioral Health Professionals Working in Inpatient Settings (AMSR-Inpatient) curriculum develops skills in the recognition, assessment, and management of suicide risk and the delivery of effective suicide-specific interventions.

Suicide and People Receiving Mental Health Care

Suicidal behavior is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Each year, over 45,000 people die by suicide1 and hundreds of thousands are seen in hospital emergency departments for suicide attempts. 2 And, the risk of suicide attempt or death is highest within 30 days of discharge from an emergency department or inpatient psychiatric unit.3 Despite the acute needs of patients with elevated suicide risk and their frequency of contact with health and behavioral healthcare professionals4, many providers—psychologists, social workers, and other mental health counselors—are inadequately trained to assess, treat, and manage suicide risk in their patients.5 According to the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, “Many clinical training programs do not fully prepare health care professionals to provide suicide care.”6

“[F]or those who experience suicidal crises and receive acute care interventions in hospitals and Emergency Rooms, suicide risk does not end at the moment of discharge. Rather, their elevated risk continues or is easily rekindled in the days and weeks that follow, leading to heightened rates of suicide during this post-acute care period.” 

David Knesper, Author, Continuity of Care for Suicide Prevention and Research7

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) fills that training gap by teaching the core competencies that meet suicide care standards established by national organizations including The Joint Commission, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Veterans Administration, and others.

Behavioral health care professionals working in inpatient settings can help patients with elevated suicide risk by using the suicide risk identification, assessment, and management competencies taught in the AMSR-Inpatient training. Delivering best practices in suicide care to patients with elevated suicide risk during inpatient treatment can offset the high-risk period they may experience post-discharge.8

AMSR-Inpatient

The AMSR Inpatient curriculum follows national guidelines for caring for people with suicide risk including:

The training provides participants with the knowledge and skills they need to address suicide risk and behaviors in inpatient settings. Participants will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and apply practical skills in the following areas:

Approaching Your Work: Learn how to manage reactions related to suicide and maintain a collaborative, non-adversarial stance. Acquire the skills to address potential conflicts between a clinician’s goal to prevent suicide and maintain a patient's safety and a patient's goal to eliminate psychological pain via suicidal behavior.

Understanding Suicide: Gain an understanding of the definitions and language used when talking about suicide, as well as the data that are relevant to addressing suicide in treatment populations including risk and protective factors, warning signs, and precipitating factors.

Gathering Information: Identify key points throughout inpatient treatment when a suicide assessment should occur, the type of information to gather to inform the assessment, and ways to build trust and thus elicit key information about the patient's risk of suicide. The training presents the main domains to assess in a comprehensive risk assessment and explores why a patient may avoid disclosing their suicidal thoughts. Participants practice using assessment questions in an interactive learning environment designed to help build confidence. The training presents case studies and other interactive exercises.

Formulating Risk: Practice synthesizing assessment information into a risk formulation that will help inform next steps in treatment. AMSR emphasizes the importance of using a risk formulation not for prediction, but as information to make a collaborative decision regarding recovery-oriented treatment planning.

Planning and Responding: Learn to use evidence-based suicide prevention interventions based on a formulation of the patient's suicide risk. Learn which evidence-based treatments and suicide prevention interventions to use with clients based on their level of acuity. Understand best practice interventions to promote continuity of care for high-risk patients post-discharge. Practice having conversations related to safety planning, contingency planning, and means counseling interventions.

This training is complemented by the 3.5-hour version of AMSR for Direct Care Staff in Inpatient Settings, which helps treatment teams of clinicians and direct care staff speak the same risk assessment and management language to provide consistent, effective care organization-wide.  

  • 1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2019). 2017, United States Suicide Injury Deaths and Rates per 100,000. WISQARS.  National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, NCHS Vital Statistics System for numbers of deaths. Bureau of Census for population estimates. https://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/fatal.html
  • 2. Rui P, Kang K, Ashman JJ. (2016). National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2016 emergency department summary tables. Table 16. Emergency department visits related to injury, poisoning, and adverse effect, by intent: United States, 2016. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ahcd/nhamcs_emergency/2016_ed_web_tables.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhamcs/web_tables/2016_ed_web_tables.pdf
  • 3. Knesper, D. J., American Association of Suicidology, & Suicide Prevention Resource Center. (2010) Continuity of care for suicide prevention and research: Suicide attempts and suicide deaths subsequent to discharge from the emergency department or psychiatry inpatient unit. Newton, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.
  • 4. Ahmedani, B. K., Simon, G. E., Stewart, C., Beck, A., Waitzfelder, B. E., Rossom, R., … Solberg, L. I. (2014). Health care contacts in the year before suicide death. Journal of general internal medicine, 29(6), 870–877. doi:10.1007/s11606-014-2767-3
  • 5. Schmitz, W. M., Jr, Allen, M. H., Feldman, B. N., Gutin, N. J., Jahn, D. R., Kleespies, P. M., . . . Simpson, S. (2012). Preventing suicide through improved training in suicide risk assessment and care: An American Association of Suicidology Task Force report addressing serious gaps in U.S. mental health training. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 42(3), 292–304.
  • 6. National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: Transforming Health Systems Initiative Work Group. (2018). Recommended standard care for people with suicide risk: Making health care suicide safe. Washington, DC: Education Development Center, Inc.
  • 7. Knesper, D. J., American Association of Suicidology, & Suicide Prevention Resource Center. (2010) Continuity of care for suicide prevention and research: Suicide attempts and suicide deaths subsequent to discharge from the emergency department or psychiatry inpatient unit. Newton, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.
  • 8. Knesper, D. J., American Association of Suicidology, & Suicide Prevention Resource Center. (2010) Continuity of care for suicide prevention and research: Suicide attempts and suicide deaths subsequent to discharge from the emergency department or psychiatry inpatient unit. Newton, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.

Cost

Email amsr@edc.org for additional pricing information.

Duration

6.5 hours

Audience

Behavioral health clinicians working in inpatient settings who conduct suicide risk and nursing assessments, primarily those with a master’s degree or above, including medical providers and registered nurses.

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AMSR for Health and Behavioral Health Professionals Working in Outpatient Settings

Over 47,000 people died by suicide in the U.S. in 2017. Outpatient mental health professionals play a critical role in the identification, assessment, and long-term management of suicide risk among their clients.

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) teaches best practices recommended by the nation's leading experts in the research and delivery of suicide care.

“Educating the mental health workforce to assess and respond to suicide risk is essential to the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, and to efforts such as the Zero Suicide initiative for providing ‘suicide safer’ care systems.” 

Anthony R. Pisani, University of Rochester

The AMSR for Health and Behavioral Health Professionals Working in Outpatient Settings (AMSR-Outpatient) curriculum develops skills in the recognition, assessment, and management of suicide risk and the delivery of effective suicide-specific interventions.

Suicide and People Receiving Mental Health Care

Suicidal behavior is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Each year, over 45,000 people die by suicide1 and hundreds of thousands are seen in hospital emergency departments for suicide attempts.2 A significant proportion of people who died by suicide had recent contact with a mental health professional.3

“Many clinical training programs do not fully prepare health care professionals to provide suicide care.” 

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention4 

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) fills that training gap by teaching the core competencies that meet suicide care standards established by national organizations including The Joint Commission, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Veterans Administration, and others.

Outpatient providers can help patients with elevated suicide risk remain in their community setting and recover, by using the suicide risk identification, assessment, and management competencies taught in the AMSR-Outpatient training.

AMSR-Outpatient

The AMSR Outpatient curriculum follows national guidelines for caring for people with suicide risk including:

The training provides participants with the knowledge and skills they need to address suicide risk and behaviors in outpatient setting clients. Participants will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and apply practical skills in the following areas:

Approaching Your Work: Learn how to manage reactions related to suicide and maintain a collaborative, non-adversarial stance. Acquire the skills to address potential conflicts between a clinician’s goal to prevent suicide and maintain a client’s safety and a client’s goal to eliminate psychological pain via suicidal behavior.

Understanding Suicide: Gain an understanding of the definitions and language used when talking about suicide, as well as the data that are relevant to addressing suicide in treatment populations including risk and protective factors, warning signs, and precipitating factors.

Gathering Information: Identify key points in treatment when a suicide assessment should occur, the type of information to gather to inform the assessment, and ways to build trust and thus elicit key information about the client’s risk of suicide. The training presents the main domains to be assessed in a comprehensive risk assessment and explores why a client my not disclose suicidal thoughts. Participants practice using assessment questions in an interactive learning environment designed to help build confidence. The training presents case studies and other interactive exercises.

Formulating Risk: Practice synthesizing assessment information into a risk formulation that will help inform next steps in treatment. AMSR emphasizes the importance of using a risk formulation not for prediction, but as information to make a collaborative decision regarding recovery-oriented treatment planning.

Planning and Responding: Learn to use evidence-based suicide prevention interventions based on a formulation of the client’s suicide risk. Learn which evidence-based treatments and suicide prevention interventions to use with clients based on their level of acuity. Practice having conversations related to safety planning, contingency planning, and means counseling interventions.

This training is complemented by the 3.5-hour version of AMSR for Direct Care Staff in Outpatient Settings, which helps treatment teams of clinicians and direct care staff speak the same risk assessment and management language to provide consistent, effective care organization-wide.  

  • 1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2019). 2017, United States Suicide Injury Deaths and Rates per 100,000. WISQARS.  National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, NCHS Vital Statistics System for numbers of deaths. Bureau of Census for population estimates. https://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/fatal.html
  • 2. Rui P, Kang K, Ashman JJ. (2016). National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2016 emergency department summary tables. Table 16. Emergency department visits related to injury, poisoning, and adverse effect, by intent: United States, 2016. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ahcd/nhamcs_emergency/2016_ed_web_tables.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhamcs/web_tables/2016_ed_web_tables.pdf
  • 3.  However, many providers—psychologists, social workers, and other mental health counselors—are inadequately trained to assess, treat, and manage suicide risk in their clients. Schmitz, W. M., Jr, Allen, M. H., Feldman, B. N., Gutin, N. J., Jahn, D. R., Kleespies, P. M., . . . Simpson, S. (2012). Preventing suicide through improved training in suicide risk assessment and care: An American Association of Suicidology Task Force report addressing serious gaps in U.S. mental health training. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 42(3), 292–304.
  • 4. National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: Transforming Health Systems Initiative Work Group. (2018). Recommended standard care for people with suicide risk: Making health care suicide safe. Washington, DC: Education Development Center, Inc.

Cost

$135 per person plus trainer fee and travel. Discounts available for organizations interested in training large numbers of staff. Email amsr@edc.org for additional pricing information.

Duration

6.5 hours

Audience

Behavioral health clinicians working in outpatient settings who conduct suicide risk assessments, primarily those with a master’s degree or above.

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Location

West Columbia, SC

Sponsoring Organization

South Carolina Department of Mental Health Office of Suicide Prevention

Sponsoring Organization Email

alexandra.karydi@scdmh.org

Funding

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.

Selection Criteria

 

Application:

  1. A cover sheet, using the template provided on page 4. 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™.
      • 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 http://www.zerosuicide.sprc.org 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, completed by the team members. The Self-Study can be found at http://zerosuicide.sprc.org/resources/zero-suicide-organizational-self-study.

Eligibility:

Eligibility is limited to health and behavioral health care organizations within the South Carolina, including Federally Qualified Health Centers, primary care, health systems, and inpatient behavioral health. 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.

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:

  1. The CEO or Director’s knowledge of and commitment to the Zero Suicide initiative.
  2. The feasibility of the timeline and work plan.
  3. Incorporation of the Zero Suicide model into care as outlined in the www.zerosuicide.com toolkit.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to collaboration among team members.
  5. The incorporation of persons with lived experience in leadership and planning roles.

Deadline

Application materials should be submitted via the Zero Suicide Institute website by September 16th, 2019 at 5:00 pm EST. You will be notified via email by September 13th, 2019 about your application status.

Timeline

Application released: July 24th, 2019

Application due: September 25th, 2019 (original due date: September 16th, 2019)

Applicants notified of their status: September 27th, 2019 (original notification date: September 13th, 2019)

Zero Suicide Academy conducted: October 2nd and 3rd, 2019

Contact

For questions about the application process, please contact info@zerosuicideinstitute.com to reach the Zero Suicide Institute team. If you have questions about the Academy or Zero Suicide, contact Jennifer Myers at jmyers@edc.org.

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Location

Grand Rapids, MI

Sponsoring Organization

The West Michigan Zero Suicide Academy® is sponsored by Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.

Sponsoring Organization Email

scott.halstead@pinerest.org

Funding

Zero Suicide Academy® fees, materials, and lunch will be provided by Pine Rest.

Selection Criteria

Eligibility is limited to organizations providing general healthcare or behavioral healthcare. Because space is limited, priority will be given to organizations with the highest patient volumes. Applicants must come with a team of 4 individuals. Teams should include at least one senior leader from the organization as well as the person(s) responsible for implementation decisions.

Application: The Zero Suicide Academy application consists of:

  1. A cover sheet, using the template provided on page 4. 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 CEO or Director. The Director should review and approve the submission and agree to the strategy proposed.
  3. A narrative that, in no more than four pages (single spaced and 12 point font), responds to the following: 
    1. Briefly describe the members of your team and the relevant skills, knowledge, career goals, and experience they bring to the Zero Suicide Academy®.
    2. What successes and /or challenges have you had as a team or with other collaborative efforts?
    3. How do you plan to successfully embed and sustain comprehensive suicide care in your organization?
    4. What are your team’s goals for participating in the Zero Suicide Academy® and what does the team hope to learn during the training?
    5. One-page abstract describing the Zero Suicide initiative that your organization proposes to conduct. The abstract must include: aims, description of approach, implementation plan, and timeline drawing heavily from the www.zerosuicide.com toolkit.
  4. A Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study, completed by the team members. The Self-Study can be found at http://zerosuicide.sprc.org/resources/zero-suicide-organizational-self-study.

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:

  1. The CEO or Director’s knowledge of and commitment to the Zero Suicide initiative.
  2. The feasibility of the timeline and work plan.
  3. The organization’s plans and expectations for embedding the Zero Suicide model into care as outlined in the www.zerosuicide.com toolkit.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to collaboration among team members.
  5. The incorporation of persons with lived experience in leadership and planning roles.

Deadline

Application materials should be submitted via e-mail as two PDF files to info@zsinstitute.org by October 21, 2019 at 5:00 pm EST. One PDF should include the following items in the following order: Cover sheet, Letter of commitment, and Narrative. The other PDF should consist of the completed Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study. You will be notified via email by September 6 about your application status.

Timeline

Application released: July 15, 2019

Application due: October 21, 2019

Applicants notified of their status: October 18, 2019

Zero Suicide Academy® conducted: November 20-21, 2019

Contact

Please contact info@zsinstitute.org for questions regarding the online application submission.

Sponsoring Organization Contact:

Scott Halstead, PhD, Director, Outpatient Services

scott.halstead@pinerest.org

616.281.6363, ext 2042

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