Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (NSSP)

Grant Type:  National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
Grant Status:  Alumni
Year Awarded:  2014
State:  Oklahoma

This project will further enhance and refine the state’s suicide prevention care pathway in behavioral health, primary care, and hospital emergency service settings. Project goals are to: (1) Increase suicide prevention and treatment capacity and implementation within behavioral health settings; (2) Increase suicide prevention and treatment capacity and implementation within hospital settings statewide; (3) Increase the number of adults at risk of suicide who are identified and receive suicide prevention competent mental health services; (4) Increase the number of effective and evidence-based clinical suicide prevention, identification and treatment practices implemented; and, (5) Improve and expanded suicide surveillance systems.

This proposed project will extend prevention and treatment services to all 77 counties through the state’s 14 community mental health centers (CMHCs), and to 6,000 practicing primary care physicians and 83 emergency rooms. The CMHCs will train clinicians in Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), and will enhance Electronic Health Record systems to include a suicide prevention care pathway. All CMHCs will implement the AVERT Suicide Risk Assessment Program to screen and assess all patients in ODMHSAS care. Contracted hospitals will provide clinical training for physicians, gatekeeper training for staff, and establish an emergency department suicide attempt database with follow up consent protocol. The project will reach nearly 1,762 individuals with suicide prevention training/education, 60,000 clients with suicide prevention screening and treatment when indicated. The project is expected to reduce the rate of non-fatal suicide attempts and deaths in adults ages 25-64.