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Website: Pennsylvania Recovery and Resiliency

Recent Developments and Legislation: 
2010 -- House Resolution 939
Urging support of agencies dedicated to suicide prevention - September 21, 2010 (on the occasion of Suicide Prevention Awareness Day at the State Capitol)
2010 -- House Resolution 980
Promoting youth suicide prevention education for all administrative, teaching and counseling personnel in all public and private high schools in Pennsylvania
2010 -- PA Adult and Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition Accomplishments 2005-2010

PA Adult/Older Adult Suicide Prevention Coalition

Pennsylvania receives Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant.

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:

  • 1) Create a partnership within each county of policy makers, medical and behavioral health care providers, local suicide task forces, family members, and local medical and behavioral health insurance companies;
  • 2) Provide a youth suicide ?gatekeeper? training program for participating pediatricians, family physicians and nurse practitioners;
  • 3) Provide medical practitioners free access to a web-based, patient self-report screening tool to assess for suicide and related risk factors;
  • 4) Increase the integration of behavioral health services with physical health services; and
  • 5) Provide clinical training in best practice therapy models for youth who are suicidal to the behavioral health providers who will receive referrals of these at-risk youth.

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.