NIMH-funded grant and PSYCKES continuous quality improvement (CQI) project to study the implementation and effectiveness of the “Zero Suicide” model in outpatient behavioral clinics: This project will be the largest implementation and evaluation of the “Zero Suicide” model ever conducted, serving ~175 clinics and nearly 85,000 individual clients across New York State. SP-TIE will develop metrics and trainings in collaboration with a PSYCKES CQI protocol for suicide prevention. Leadership will be engaged, clinicians will be trained in evidence-based screening, risk assessment, brief interventions, and continuity of care monitoring for clients at elevated risk for suicide, and a “Suicide-Safer Care Pathway” will be developed to provide enhanced outpatient care to those most at risk. A PSYCKES CQI protocol will track implementation , and the effect of these procedures will be examined on the rate of suicide attempts, deaths, and suicide-related inpatient hospitalizations and emergency department visits.

Treatment development: Development and pilot testing of novel interventions, including a brief suicide prevention group treatment for inpatients and a peer support program for survivors of suicide attempt

Evaluation: Evaluation of attitude and knowledge gain, clinical uptake of suicide prevention skills, and continuous quality improvement for our live and archived trainings in: screening; risk assessment; safety planning; and follow-up monitoring.

Implementation Assistance – Learning Collaboratives: OMH and OASAS collaboration to introduce the “Zero Suicide” Model to OMH and OASAS clinics

SAMHSA Grant: Train and evaluate clinical uptake for emergency departments (ED) and crisis hotline staff in safety planning and follow-up monitoring for suicide prevention


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