The New York State Office of Mental Health reviewed suicides occurring within the public mental health system over several years. This report aims to put New York State on a path toward systematically preventing suicide for people in care. It includes details of the review, a summary of findings, and a set of draft recommendations. Appendix 1 lists suicide prevention licensing standards for mental health programs in New York State.
A multi-source collection of readings, tools, videos, and webinars to help you understand and implement Zero Suicide.
Oordt, M. S., Jobes, D. A., Fonseca, V. P., & Schmidt, S. M. (2009). Training mental health professionals to assess and manage suicidal behavior: Can provider confidence and practice behaviors be altered?. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 39(1), 21–32.
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.
Rudd , M., Cukrowicz, K. C., & Bryan, C. J. (2008). Core competencies in suicide risk assessment and management: Implications for supervision. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 2(4), 219–228.
Pisani , A. R., Cross, W. F., & Gould, M. S. (2011). The assessment and management of suicide risk: State of workshop education. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 41(3), 255–276.
Cramer , R. J., Johnson, S. M., & McLaughlin, J. (2013). Suicide risk assessment training for psychology doctoral programs: Core competencies and a framework for training. Training and Educational in Professional Psychology, 7, 1–11.
The Joint Commission offers a Standards BoosterPak on Suicide Risk (NPSG.15.01.01) to Joint Commission accredited and certified organizations. BoosterPaks provide detailed information about a single topic area that has been associated with a high volume of inquiries or non-compliance scores in the health care field.
Hampton , T. (2010). Depression care effort brings dramatic drop in large HMO population’s suicide rate. JAMA, 303(19), 1903–1905.
Jobes , D. A., & Berman, A. L. (1993). Suicide and malpractice liability: Assessing and revising policies, procedures, and practice in outpatient settings. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 24(1), 91.
While , D., Bickley, H., Roscoe, A., Windfuhr, K., Rahman, S., Shaw, J., . . . Kapur, N. (2012). Implementation of mental health service recommendations in England and Wales and suicide rates, 1997–2006: A cross-sectional and before-and-after observational study. The Lancet, 379(9820), 1005–1012.
This guide from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence aims to improve patient care by giving practical advice on how to encourage healthcare professionals and managers to change their practice in line with the latest guidance.
The Clinician Survivor Task Force provides consultation, support, and education to psychotherapists and other mental health professionals to assist them in understanding and responding to their personal/professional loss resulting from the suicide death of a patient/client and/or family member.
Chassin , M. R., & Loeb, J. M. (2013). High‐reliability health care: Getting there from here. Milbank Quarterly, 91(3), 459–490.
NPSG.15.01.01 calls for the identification of individuals at risk for suicide. There are three elements of performance for this goal; they can be found on page four of this PDF. Frequently asked questions about NPSG.15.01.01 can be found at http://www.jointcommission.org/standards_information/jcfaqdetails.aspx?S....
This Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert discusses risk and contributing factors for suicide in the health care environment, as well as risk reduction strategies for medical/surgical and emergency department settings.
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