NEW YORK: Zero Suicide for Substance Use Treatment Providers

October 19, 2016
News Type:  From the Field
State:  New York

New York State’s Office of Mental Health Suicide Prevention Office is collaborating with the Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute to introduce the Zero Suicide (ZS) approach to outpatient substance use disorder treatment providers in Erie and Monroe Counties, which have the highest suicide rates in the state outside New York City and Long Island. Clinical supervisors and administrators from six organizations that provide outpatient treatment for substance use disorders are participating in a one-year suicide safer care learning collaborative in which they will learn to implement the ZS approach.  They will be given the skills and tools to identify clients who may be at risk of suicide, perform suicide risk assessments, use brief interventions to safeguard patients found to be at risk, and connect these patients with appropriate mental health care. The collaborative will also address the systematic changes in organizational culture and policies needed to implement and sustain effective suicide prevention activities.


More information on this project can be found in the September 2016 issue of the OMH News and in Targeting the Intersection of Substance Use and Suicide, a blog post by Beth Harris, the Suicide Prevention Program Manager of the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Settings:  Behavioral Health Care, Substance Abuse Treatment
About Suicide:  Behavioral Health Disorders, Substance Abuse
Strategies:  Effective Care/Treatment, Health Systems Change