AIM for Zero Suicides: Suicide Care is Healthcare

The Suicide Prevention Center of New York on September 28, 29 & 30 is hosting “AIM for Zero: Suicide Care is Healthcare,” a virtual symposium for healthcare practitioners and advocates featuring leading authorities on suicide prevention.

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Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSWs) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) can receive four contact hours toward renewal of their social work license.

Here’s a snapshot of the program:

“Vision Zero: Eliminating Suicide & Transforming Healthcare”

Presented by Edward Coffey, known for his innovative work on “Perfect Depression Care,” whose audacious goal of “Zero Suicides” has been widely cited as a model for health care transformation.

Presentation Learning Objectives:

  • Current statistics on suicide in the United States.
  • Core concepts in the Institute of Medicine’s report, “Crossing the Quality Chasm.”
  • Approach to ideal healthcare known as “Vision Zero.”

“Zero Suicide Work in Emergency Departments: Opening Pandora’s Box”

Presented by Ed Boudreaux, professor of Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, and Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Principal Investigator for the UMass Zero Suicide Framework implementation.

Presentation Learning Objectives:

  • Barriers to implementing universal screening for suicide risk in healthcare settings.
  • Literature on universal suicide risk screening implementation.
  • Latest advances in suicide risk screening.

“If Preventing Suicide is our Target, Suicide Safe Care—in All Healthcare Settings—Is the Bullseye”

Presented by Michael Hogan, former New York State Commissioner of Mental Health.

Presentation Learning Objectives:

  • The high proportion of suicide decedents with a nexus to health care.
  • The proportion of suicide decedents with a nexus to emergency departments, primary care, and behavioral health.
  • Most effective methods to identify risk suggesting intervention to reduce likelihood of suicide.
  • Comparing preventive interventions for reducing cardiovascular disease and suicide risk.

“From Equality to Equity in LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention”

Presented by Sam Brinton, Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs at The Trevor Project.

Presentation Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding common risk factors for LGBTQ youth suicide.
  • Creating safe, affirming environments for LGBTQ youth.

“Making Suicide a Never Event – Zero Suicide in Indian Country”

Presented by Sadé Heart of the Hawk Ali, Tribal Lead and a Senior Project Associate at the Zero Suicide Institute and former Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.

Presentation Learning Objectives:

  • Culturally-relevant screening and assessment tools that resonate with the Tribes’ understandings of loss of life.
  • Roles in safer suicide care.
  • Application of the Zero Suicide Model in ways that are culturally resonant with Indigenous communities in NY State.

“Singing in a Strange Land: Suicide Prevention for Black Youth”

Presented by Sherry Molock, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at George Washington University.

Presentation Learning Objectives:

  • Evidence‐based suicide prevention strategies and methods for adolescents and young adults from communities of color.
  • Suicide prevention strategies that are culturally salient and relevant to youth from communities of color.

“Best Practices for Primary Care”

Presented by Virna Little, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder of Concert Health, a national organization providing behavioral health services to primary care providers.

Presentation Learning Objectives:

  • Suicide risk and prevalence in adult and pediatric primary care settings.
  • Primary care workflows that identify patients at risk and support suicide safer care.
  • Skills for effective prevention activities such as safety planning and risk reduction.
  • Best practices for suicide prevention in primary care settings.

“A Zero Suicide Story”

Presented by Wykisha McKinney, Program Manager at The Harris Center for Mental Health & IDD (Intellectual or Developmental Disability).

Presentation Learning Objectives:

  • Zero Suicide as a commitment to patient safety and a just culture of support for care providers.
  • Zero Suicide in health or behavioral health care settings.
  • The unique and important perspective of people with lived experience in the Zero Suicide framework.

“The Promise of 988: Crisis Care for Everyone, Everywhere, Every Time.”

Presented by David W. Covington, member of the Executive Committee of National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Presentation Learning Objectives:

  • The 988 Mental Health Hotline’s implementation and impact on the crisis network.
  • Tangible human, clinical, and economic outcomes of implementing Crisis Now.
  • Components of the Crisis Now model and the keys to its deployment.

“AIM for Quality Safety Planning Intervention”

Presented by Barbara Stanley, Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University and Director of Suicide Prevention Training, Implementation, and Evaluation at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Presentation Learning Objectives:

  • Role and rational for safety planning with suicidal clients.
  • Elements of high-quality safety plans.
  • Evaluating the quality of safety plans for Quality Improvement.

“Implementing Zero Suicide in Health Systems”

Presented by Brian Ahmedani, Director of the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research at the Henry Ford Health System.

Presentation Learning Objectives:

  • Healthcare utilization before suicides and suicide attempts.
  • Implementation strategies, measures, and outcomes related to the Zero Suicide Model across health systems.

“Call to Action – AIM for ZERO”

Presented by Jan Ulrich, Senior Project Associate at the Zero Suicide Institute, and Jay Carruthers, Director of the Bureau of Psychiatric Services and Research Institute Support at the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Presentation Learning Objectives:

  • A Zero Suicide Community of Practice.
  • Next steps for a system of care advancing the Zero Suicide Model.

State of New York Office of Mental Health SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0227. Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSWs) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) who attend this class in its entirety will receive four contact hours toward renewal of their social work license.

For more information, email: SPCNY@OMH.NY.GOV

To learn about Zero Suicide in Tompkins County, click here.