PA Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently awarded a youth suicide prevention grant to the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The award is for $500,000 per year for three years, for a total of $1.5 million. The Pennsylvania grant project, entitled 'Suicide Prevention in Primary Care,' will build a suicide prevention program for youth ages 14-24 within the primary care medical system that will provide screening, assessment, family engagement, and linkage to treatment. It will be piloted in Schuylkill, Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties, three counties with some of the highest rates for suicide death and hospitalization for self-injury in Pennsylvania.
These three pilot projects will focus on five primary objectives:
The overarching goal of the ?Suicide Prevention in Primary Care? project is to identify barriers, solutions and resources that will allow the state to expand the primary care suicide prevention project across the commonwealth.