Zero Suicide Advisory Group

The Zero Suicide Advisory Group provides expert guidance to the Zero Suicide Initiative.

Goal

The goal of the Zero Suicide Advisory Group (ZSAG), formed in December 2013, is to help implement Goals 8 and 9 of the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) and to build on the momentum of the Clinical Care and Intervention Task Force Report. The NSSP goals follow:

Goal 8: Promote suicide prevention as a core component of health care services

Goal 9: Promote and implement effective clinical and professional practices for assessing and treating those at risk for suicidal behaviors

Composition and Function

A diverse committee, ZSAG includes former members of the Clinical Care and Intervention Task Force as well as professionals from various health care sectors.

The ZSAG provides expert guidance to behavioral health care settings seeking to implement the Zero Suicide Initiative. For example, the committee:

  • Assists in adapting the clinical care model for use in various health and behavioral health systems
  • Supports the development of tools and implementation strategies that behavioral health care settings can employ to reduce suicide and suicide attempts by patients in their care.

The Zero Suicide Data Panel is a subcomponent of the ZSAG and is creating a set of performance measurement tools that will allow organizations to:

  • Assess the impact of their initiative
  • Benchmark the work of pilot sites
  • Assess fidelity to the Zero Suicide model

With the resulting data, health care organizations can assess lives lost by suicide for patients under their care, determine the impact of their programs, and develop an effective, replicable model.

Members

  • David Covington, LPC, MBA – Co-lead, Private Sector; CEO, RI International, Inc.
  • Mike Hogan, PhD – Co-lead, Private Sector; Independent Advisor and Consultant, Hogan Health Solutions

 

  • Karen Chaney, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Terros
  • Henry Chung, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Montefiore Care Management Organization
  • Ed Coffey, MD, President and CEO, Menninger Clinic
  • Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Harborview Medical Center
  • John Draper, PhD, Project Director, President, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Link2Health Solutions, Inc.
  • Suzanne Fields, MSW, LICSW, Senior Advisor to the Administrator on Health Care Financing, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Frank Ghinassi, PhD, ABPP, Vice President, Quality and Performance Improvement, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and the UPMC Behavioral Health Network, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Leah Harris, MA, Communications and Development Coordinator, National Empowerment Center
  • Chuck Ingoglia, MSW, Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • David Jobes, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology, Associate Director of Clinical Training, Catholic University of America
  • Karen E. Johnson, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, BH Division Compliance Officer, UHS of Delaware, Inc.
  • Thomas Joiner, PhD, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Florida State University
  • Bradley E. Karlin, PhD, Chief, Mental Health and Aging & Distinguished Scholar, Education Development Center, Inc.
  • Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-R, Senior Vice President, Psychosocial Services, Institute for Family Health
  • Chuck Lunati, ORSA, CDFM, PMP, LSSBB, Domain Director & Senior Economist, Health Resource Analytics, CALIBRE
  • Richard McKeon, PhD, MPH, Branch Chief, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Paul Schyve, MD, Senior Advisor, Healthcare Improvement, The Joint Commission
  • Becky Stoll, LCSW, Vice President, Crisis & Disaster Management, Centerstone
  • Mason Turner, MD, Director of Outpatient Operations, Regional Mental Health and Chemical Dependency, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
  • Ursula Whiteside, CEO, NowMattersNow.org
  • Peter C. Brown, MA, Executive Director, Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Improvement
  • Karen Chaney, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Terros
  • Robin Davis, PhD, Senior Manager, ICF International
  • Frank Ghinassi, PhD, ABPP, Vice President, Quality and Performance Improvement, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and the UPMC Behavioral Health Network, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Chuck Ingoglia, MSW, Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Karen E. Johnson, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, BH Division Compliance Officer, UHS of Delaware, Inc.
  • Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-R, Senior Vice President, Psychosocial Services, Institute for Family Health
  • Chuck Lunati, ORSA, CDFM, PMP, LSSBB, Domain Director & Senior Economist, Health Resource Analytics, CALIBRE
  • Richard McKeon, PhD, MPH, Branch Chief, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Brad Nunn, PhD, Vice President for Quality Improvement, Centerstone
  • Jane Pearson, PhD, Chair, Suicide Research Consortium, Division of Services and Intervention Research, National Institutes of Mental Health
  • Paul Schyve, MD, Senior Advisor, Healthcare Improvement, The Joint Commission
  • Becky Stoll, LCSW, Vice President, Crisis & Disaster Management, Centerstone
  • Christine Walrath, PhD, Vice President Social and Economic Research and Evaluation, ICF International
  • Ursula Whiteside, PhD, Research Scientist, Forefront

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Mike Hogan and David Covington with Action Alliance Zero Suicide Academy sign
Mike Hogan and David Covington, Co-leads of the Zero Suicide Advisory Group

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Zero Suicide Academy group photo
David Covington, Ursula Whiteside, Leah Harris, and John Draper, Zero Suicide Advisory Group Members

SPRC and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention are able to make this web site available thanks to support from Universal Health Services (UHS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (grant 1 U79 SM0559945).

No official endorsement by SAMHSA, DHHS, or UHS for the information on this web site is intended or should be inferred.