Zero Suicide in Health Systems

Prevention Initiative

The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC), in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), is soliciting applications from clinics interested in implementing suicide prevention. A process for that includes assessment, referral to treatment and continuity of care for individuals at risk for suicide or suicidal behaviors.
Recent research shows primary care providers see individuals that die by suicide twice as often as mental health providers. An estimated 45% of individuals that died by suicide were seen the month prior to their death by a primary care provider. Primary care providers are most likely to see a patient at risk of suicide and by identifying patients at risk and referring to specialty treatment death by suicide can be prevented.

Eligibility: The ideal clinic will have an innovative spirit. Having a Depression screening process in place is preferrable but not necessary.

Clinic Benefits
  • 1 year Quality Improvement Project
  • Technical support from KHC and KDHE Staff to establish clinic workflow, data collection, and supplemental training
  • Sustainability planning and support
Clinic Responsibilities
  • Implement process for identification and referral to specialty treatment for individuals at risk for suicide/suicidal behaviors using the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) tool
  • Completion of necessary data reporting and success stories collection including requested demographic information on program participants
  • Monthly meetings with KHC and KDHE staff for ongoing technical assistance and quality improvement
For more information email info@khconline or call (785) 235-0763.
KDHE Zero Suicide in Health Systems 
CDC Suicide Prevention
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline