Location

Connecticut

Sponsoring Organization

The Connecticut Zero Suicide Academy® is sponsored by the CT Suicide Advisory Board (CTSAB). This opportunity is made possible by the CT Networks of Care for Suicide Prevention Initiative with a grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (SM062916). The deadline to apply was February 16, 2018.

Sponsoring Organization Email

info@zerosuicideinstitute.com

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Location

Portland, OR

Sponsoring Organization

The Oregon Zero Suicide Academy® is sponsored by the Oregon Health Authority. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2018.

Sponsoring Organization Email

jatkinson@edc.org

Funding

Zero Suicide Academy fees and materials, as well as breakfast and lunch on September 18 and 19, will be provided by the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon Health Authority will cover costs of hotel rooms for up to four team members of participating organizations traveling more than 70 miles one-way for the nights of September 17-18. As funding allows, Oregon Health Authority will provide limited mileage scholarships based on demonstrated financial need. All other costs are not included and must be covered by participating organizations

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.
  • The organization’s plans and expectations for embedding the Zero Suicide model into care as outlined in the www.zerosuicide.com toolkit.
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaboration among team members.
  • The incorporation of persons with lived experience in leadership and planning roles.
  • Commitment to participate in the Oregon Community of Practice for Better Suicide Care after the Zero Suicide Academy.

Organizations will demonstrate these criteria through their applications. The web form linked below consists of the following parts:

  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 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™. 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?
    • How do you plan to successfully embed and sustain comprehensive suicide care in your organization?
    • An 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. The online Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study MUST be completed online by the team prior to the Application deadline. The online Zero Suicide Organizational Self Study can be found at http://zerosuicide.sprc.org/resources/zero-suicide-organizational-self-study.

           Any applicants who are unable to submit the Self-Study prior to the Application deadline should notify the contact listed below. Zero Suicide

           staff will work with any sites that identify barriers to submission to ensure a site-appropriate solution.

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Deadline

Application materials should be submitted June 15, 2018, at 5:00 pm EST. 

Only one representative Team Lead should submit on behalf of an organization.

Applicants may save their progress as they go until they are ready to submit. If, during the course of the application, an organization decides not to submit it is fine to leave the application as is. Incomplete applications will be deleted after the Academy is held.

Timeline

  • Application released - March 13, 2018
  • Application due - June 15, 2018
  • Applicants notified of their status - July 16, 2018
  • Zero Suicide Academy® conducted - September 18-19, 2018

Contact

Please contact Jasmine Atkinson, EDC, at JAtkinson@edc.org or (202)572-5306.

Location

402 W.Washington, Indianapolis, Indiana

Sponsoring Organization

The Indiana Zero Suicide Academy is sponsored by Community Health Network (CHNw) and the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA).

Sponsoring Organization Email

jatkinson@edc.org

Funding

Funding for this training was made possible by the CHNw Zero Suicides for Indiana Youth grant number SM-061768 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The intent of this funding is for the state-wide dissemination of Zero Suicide initiatives

Zero Suicide Academy materials are provided at no charge to organizations selected to participate. All other costs, such as travel, food, and lodging, are the responsibility of the participating organizations.

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Location

New Hampshire

Sponsoring Organization

The Exeter Health Resources Zero Suicide Academy is sponsored by Exeter Health Resources.

Sponsoring Organization Email

info@zerosuicideinstitute.com

Funding

Zero Suicide Academy fees, materials, and lunch will be provided by Exeter Health Resources. All other costs, such as travel and lodging, are not included and must be covered by participating organizations.

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. Application will be judged using the following criteria:
1. The CEO or Director's knowledge of and commitment of 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 carears 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@zerosuicideinstitute.com by 10/22/2017 at 5:00pm 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 10/29/2017 about your application status.

Timeline

Application released                      September 15, 2017
Application due                           November 7, 2017
Applications notified of their status     November 10, 2017
Zero Suicide Academy conducted            November 29th-30th, 2017

Contact

Please contact Clayton Kratz, EDC at cratz@edc.org or (202) 572-5361.

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Zero Suicide Academy

The Zero Suicide Academy® is EDC’s signature two-day training for health and behavioral health organizations seeking to dramatically reduce suicides among those in their care.

Zero Suicide Academy Experience

At the Academy, implementation teams are introduced to the seven elements of Zero Suicide:

  1. Lead system-wide culture change committed to reducing suicides
  2. Train a competent, confident, and caring workforce
  3. Identify patients with suicide risk via comprehensive screenings and assessment
  4. Engage all individuals at-risk of suicide using a suicide care management plan
  5. Treat all suicidal thoughts and behaviors using evidence-based treatments
  6. Transition individuals through care with warm hand-offs and supportive contacts
  7. Improve policies and procedures through continuous quality improvement efforts

Led by our experienced ZSI staff and faculty, the Zero Suicide Academy provides health and behavioral health care teams with an invaluable opportunity to learn about the Zero Suicide framework, receive implementation guidance, and prepare for commonly faced challenges. Teams will also have the opportunity to network with similar organizations and establish relationships for ongoing assistance.

Academies cultivate the knowledge and motivation needed to launch and sustain the transformative work of Zero Suicide. Teams learn about the Zero Suicide framework, the seven elements, and begin implementation planning with consultation from our Zero Suicide experts.

How do I attend a Zero Suicide Academy?

A Zero Suicide Academy is hosted by a sponsor organization and is designed for a maximum of 16 implementation teams. While a health care organization may have 8-12 people on its Zero Suicide Implementation Team, Academies can accommodate a maximum of 4 people per system. 

Implementation teams from health and behavioral health organizations complete an application process to attend the Zero Suicide Academy. Academies often draw teams from across a state or region. Some academies focus on particular kinds of organizations—e.g., community mental health centers, hospital systems—while other academies are open to a wide range of organizations in a particular geographical area.

Is sponsoring a Zero Suicide Academy right for me?

If you’re a state, federal grantee, federal agency, or regional prevention coalition interested in supporting health and behavioral health organizations in your area to begin their Zero Suicide work, then a Zero Suicide Academy is the perfect fit! The cost of a Zero Suicide Academy also includes consultation about how to support organizations’ implementation efforts, particularly in that critical first year. Your academy contract will include approximately six months of planning and consultation, hosted application process, assistance in advertising, all ZSI staff and faculty travel, event evaluation, and participant materials.

If your health care agency is ready to get started but you don't have a sponsor, a workshop or consultation might be a better fit. You may also want to review our upcoming Zero Suicide Academies listed below to see if there is an Academy already scheduled in your area.

Our Services

From in-person events to virtual learning, the Institute offers services to meet the needs of organizations striving to transform their systems for safer suicide care.

About Us

Zero Suicide Institute at EDC guides organizations in their implementation of safer suicide care by providing a range of consultation, training, and resources.
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