OMHSAS Seeks Adult Suicide Prevention Grant Proposal Participants

OMHSAS Seeks Adult Suicide Prevention Grant Proposal Participants

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The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is seeking RCPA members that have established adult mental health-community health care collaborative care relationships. Provider organizations would participate in a SAMHSA project similar to the adolescent suicide prevention initiative led by OMHSAS in the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant. OMHSAS is leading this effort which will be guided by researchers at Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University with successful history of grant development, design, training, and research related to SAMHSA suicide prevention grants to Pennsylvania.

Funding will target suicidal adults by focusing on continuity of care with a specific interest in the transition of care from hospital emergency departments and inpatient psychiatric units into outpatient and other less-restrictive services. The funding encourages the improvement of suicide assessment skills, screening, and coordination of care between mental health, primary care, emergency rooms, and inpatient hospitals.

The grant can enhance collaborative care systems with the following suicide prevention resources:

  • Suicide gatekeeper training to all staff;
  • Suicide safety planning for all staff;
  • The Behavioral Health-Works screening and referral systems; and
  • Training in empirically supported treatment models to target suicidal adults.

The grant would also partner with SAMHSA’s child Garrett Lee Smith Grant and thus offer the opportunity for screening for adolescents and training in adolescent-focused suicide treatments.

Grant is due Monday, April 17, with funding to start in September 2017 and last for three years. Grant writers at Drexel and Thomas Jefferson Universities will need a description of the adult mental health provider organization, the current health care network, and care coordination capacity. Interested organizations should contact Guy Diamond, who will plan a conference call with interested organizations.

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