KENTUCKY: Moving from Data to Training

February 17, 2016
News Type:  From the Field
State:  Kentucky

By comparing records from community mental health centers and state hospitals with state vital statistics data, Kentucky’s Suicide Prevention Program learned that 25 to 30 percent of state residents who died by suicide in 2012 had recently received treatment at a community mental health center. Findings from a Zero Suicide Workforce Survey of more than 3,000 behavioral health clinicians indicated that half of these providers thought they did not have the training needed to assist suicidal patients. The suicide prevention program was then able to address this need by launching a suicide prevention training effort.  Provider training was made possible by Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention funding and a 2013 state law requiring suicide prevention training for social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, fee-based pastoral counselors, alcohol and drug counselors, psychologists, and occupational therapists. You can find more information on this effort in Surveillance Success Stories: Kentucky. 



Settings:  Behavioral Health Care
Planning and Implementing:  Finding and Using Data