The Durango Herald of Colorado reports that La Plata and Montezuma counties are among six in Colorado selected to participate in collaboration to create a model for suicide prevention that could be used nationwide. In the article, Colorado-National Collaborative leaders discuss their decision to have all health care systems to adopt the Zero Suicide Initiative, including emergency departments, primary care clinics, hospitals and behavioral health centers.
The Ithaca Voice reports that Tompkins County has announced a county-wide initiative to adopt the Zero Suicide framework, making it among the first counties in New York to launch Zero Suicide.
Utah Business reports that Intermountain Healthcare, a Utah-based not-for-profit system of multiple hospitals, clinics, medical groups, and a health plan, has announced its launch of the Zero Suicide initiative.
Zero Suicide Institute director Julie Goldstein-Grumet is quoted in this article by NPR discussing the evidence-based need for safety planning in emergency room settings. "People often fall off and they don't follow up on their referrals," Goldstein-Grumet says. "And the times during these transitions from acute care settings is one of the highest risk times of suicides."
Follow these links to read what New Hampshire publications have reported about the Exter Hospital Zero Suicide Academy.
"Zero Suicide program called a success"
Seacost Online reports from the Zero Sucide Academy.
"Exeter Hospital Adopts Suicide Prevention Model"
New Hampshire Public Radio sat down with Debra Vasapolli, director of community relations for Exeter Hospital, about the Zero Suicide initiative.
In this article, the assistant vice president for Avera Behavioral Health reports that, since starting the Zero Suicide Initiative, their system has seen a 97-percent drop in future suicide attempts after a person is initially hospitalized.
Several news organizations reported on the Montana Zero Suicide Academy. As a first step in the Montana Native Youth Suicide Reduction Plan, more than 75 people from tribal governments, Urban Indian Health Centers, the Indian Health Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services participated in the Academy.
Follow the links to read the articles:
IHS is offering funding for Tribes, Tribal organizations, Urban Indian organizations (UIOs), and IHS Federal facilities implementing the Zero Suicide initiative. The purpose of the Zero Suicide funding announcement is to improve the system of care for those at risk for suicide by implementing a comprehensive, culturally-informed, multi-setting approach to suicide prevention in Indian health systems. The deadline for applying is October 12, 2017.
For more information, please visit the official IHS funding announcement page: https://www.ihs.gov/suicideprevention/zerosuicide/fundingannouncement/
SAMHSA has announced new funding for the Zero Suicide grant program. The purpose of this program is to implement prevention and intervention programs for individuals who are 25 years of age or older that are designed to raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes, and improve care and outcomes for such individuals who are at risk for suicide.
Grantees will implement all components of the Zero Suicide model throughout their health system.
Eligibility: Up to $700,000 per year for states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. Up to $400,000 per year for tribes and tribal organizations; community-based primary care or behavioral health care organizations; emergency departments; and local public health agencies. Total funding for the program is $7.9 million dollars ($2 million for tribes and tribal organizations). Length of program is up to 5 years. Please review the funding announcement in full for additional requirements.
Due date for applications is July 18. 2017.
The Joint Commission has announced that it will survey and score ligature, suicide, and self-harm in inpatient psychiatric facilities. The announcement gives emphasis to the Zero Suicide campaign to provide suicide safer care in health and behavioral health care facilities.