OKLAHOMA: Expanding Suicide Prevention Training for Providers

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

Inspired by a presentation by Dr. Michael Hogan, co-lead of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Zero Suicide Advisory Group, the Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) asked the department to create a Zero Suicide Workgroup to identify ways to reduce suicide among individuals being treated for mental health problems. These efforts resulted in the development of the ODMHSAS Zero Suicide Initiative Partnership, which is providing suicide prevention training to clinicians working in ODMHSAS community mental health facilities. A National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Implementation grant allowed the suicide prevention program to expand this initiative to hospitals by training primary care and emergency physicians, creating a suicide care pathway model, and revising follow-up protocols for suicidal patients.



Settings:  Health Care, Behavioral Health Care
Strategies:  Care Transitions/Linkages