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Implementing and Sustaining Zero Suicide: Health Care System Efforts to Prevent Suicide

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John Richardson, Kiersten Johnson, Dylan DeLisle, Camara Wooten, Adam Miller

Zero Suicide is a system-wide approach for health systems to improve the quality and safety of care for those at risk of suicide, with the underlying goal of preventing all suicide deaths among patients. Although evidence has indicated that Zero Suicide is effective in reducing suicide-related outcomes, little is known about how organizations fund and sustain the Zero Suicide initiative. This report was commissioned by ASPE to better understand how organizations choose to implement and sustain a Zero Suicide initiative. Information was gathered through an environmental scan of the literature, consultation with subject-matter experts, and case studies at eight health care organizations that have implemented Zero Suicide. Study findings have both policy and practice implications for health care organizations and for potential funders and supporters of Zero Suicide.

This research was conducted under contract #HHSP233201600021I between HHS/ASPE’s Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy (BHDAP) and Research Triangle Institute. Additional research in this area is available at the ASPE Behavioral Health page.

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