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SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families TA Center Presents: Implementing Best Practices and Improving Collaboration for Crisis Care and Suicide Prevention among High-Risk SMVF
With COVID-19 striking our crisis and public health systems, providers have been having increasing difficulty addressing the level of mental health needs caused by this life-changing virus. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center welcomes you to join a webinar focused on the core elements of the SMVF Crisis Intercept Map. The process of intercept mapping helps community stakeholders to visualize gaps, recognize opportunities, and strengthen coordination across local agencies and organizations. Screening for SMVF status and suicide risk early can change the trajectory of overload on our emergency response systems by increasing access to upstream support and diverting hospital emergency department visits to alternate care.

SMVF at risk of suicide often fall between the cracks in public health and emergency response systems. As environmental risk factors for suicide increase among SMVF and the general population, it is especially important to develop a targeted focus on the best practices that support those at high risk of suicide, while strengthening community behavioral health systems by supporting alternate pathways for effective care.

Jun 10, 2020 01:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Richard McKeon, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Chief, Suicide Prevention Branch, Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs @Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Misty Leitsch, B.B.A., B.S.W.
Interim Executive Director, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, Director, Zero Suicide Initiative @Clarksville and Tennessee Mayor’s and Governor’s Challenge Teams
Clifton “Brent” Arnspiger, L.C.S.W.
Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center @Texas and Houston Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge Teams