Deadline: 3/30/2020
Amount: $400,000 max/year
The purpose of this program is to implement suicide prevention and intervention programming for individuals who are 25 years of age or older. The program is designed to raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes, and improve care and outcomes for such individuals who are at risk of suicide. Award recipients must implement the Zero Suicide model throughout their health systems.
The Zero Suicide model is a comprehensive, multisetting approach to suicide prevention. It is a key concept within the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP), and a priority of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. The funding agency expects award recipients to implement the Zero Suicide model to reduce suicide and suicidal behaviors within their treatment settings. Applicants must implement all of the following seven elements of the Zero Suicide model in their health system:
  1. Lead: create a leadership-driven, safety-oriented culture committed to dramatically reducing suicide among people under care
  2. Train: develop a competent, confident, and caring workforce
  3. Identify: systematically identify and assess suicide risk among people receiving care
  4. Engage: ensure every individual has a pathway to care that is both timely and adequate to meet his or her needs
  5. Treat: use effective, evidence-based treatments that directly target suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  6. Transition: provide continuous contact and support, especially after acute care
  7. Improve: apply a data-driven quality improvement approach to inform system changes that will lead to improved patient outcomes and better care for those at risk