- Funder: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Award: Up to $700,000/year for 5 years - APPLICATION SUBMITTED JULY 18, 2017
- Targeted Areas: Catchment areas of Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA), Central Louisiana Human Services District (CLHSD), Acadiana Area Human Services District (AAHSD), and Northwest Louisiana Human Services District (NLHSD). Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System (ELMHS) and Central Louisiana State Hospital (CLSH) will also be included.
The Zero Suicide model is a comprehensive, multi-setting approach to suicide prevention in health systems. The purpose of this program is to implement suicide 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. OBH selected six health systems to implement the Zero Suicide model: Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA), Central Louisiana Human Services District (CLHSD), Acadiana Area Human Services District (AAHSD), Northwest Louisiana Human Services District (NLHSD), Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System (ELMHS), and Central Louisiana State Hospital (CLSH). The requirements are to:
- Transform health systems to include a leadership-driven, safety-oriented culture committed to dramatically reducing suicide among people under care, and to accept and embed the Zero Suicide model within their agencies.
- Train the health care workforce in suicide prevention evidence-based, best-practice services relevant to their position.
- Screen all individuals receiving care for suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
- Implement effective, evidence-based treatments that specifically treat suicidal ideation and behaviors.
- Ensure that the most appropriate, least restrictive treatment and support is provided.
- Develop a Suicide Care Management Plan for every individual identified as at-risk of suicide and continuously monitor the individual’s progress. The Suicide Care Management Plan must include:
- Protocols for safety planning and reducing access to lethal means
- Rapid follow-up of adults who have attempted suicide or experienced a suicidal crisis after being discharged from a treatment facility
- Protocols to ensure client safety
- Work with Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and community-based outpatient clinics, state department of veteran affairs, and national SAMHSA and Veterans Administration (VA) suicide prevention resources to engage and intervene with veterans at risk for suicide but not currently receiving VA services.
- Develop and implement a plan that assures attention to preventing suicide among those receiving treatment for serious mental illness (SMI).
- Ensure that at least 70% percent of the Suicide Prevention Lifeline calls are answered by a Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis center within the state from which the call originated (Louisiana’s rate is currently above 90%)
- Ensure feedback and leadership of survivors of suicide attempts and suicide loss are involved in all required activities.