Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP), along with Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ Suicide Prevention Center in Los Angeles, The Effort in Sacramento, The Bay Area Suicide and Crisis Intervention Alliance, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County, and Help, Inc. of Shasta County are leading the expansion of suicide prevention efforts in California, thanks to the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) (http://www.calmhsa.org). This consortium will organize regional suicide prevention task forces that will collectively form the California Suicide Prevention Network (CSPN). With representatives from colleges, school districts, community and faith-based groups, federal and municipal agencies, and medical centers, these task forces will come up with concrete steps to reduce the risk of suicide locally and then share their best practices with others across the State and nation. The consortium will also identify the State’s gaps in services and populations that have been overlooked and under-served.
Goals of the CSPN
1. Develop a common set of Suicide Prevention Metrics for reporting on suicide in California. In collaboration with 9 other Crisis Centers throughout California, Didi Hirsch will develop a common set of metrics for suicide prevention. These data will be used to set priorities and assure representation of underserved groups.
2. Organize regional suicide prevention task forces that will collectively form the California Suicide Prevention Network (CSPN). These task forces will develop concrete steps to reduce the risk of suicide locally and then share their best ideas/best practices with others across the State and nation.
Task forces will be comprised of stakeholders from the community, including colleges, school districts, and universities; community groups; faith-based organizations; veterans, military, and their families; senior centers; LGBT agencies; Survivors of Suicide Loss; Attempt Survivors; Medical Centers; Primary Care Physicians; Mental Health Professionals; Law Enforcement and other First Responders; County Agencies; CalMHSA Partners; and many others.
Meetings will occur quarterly in the following six regions:
- Bay Area
- Central Valley
- Southern California – Kern
- Los Angeles
- Southern California – San Diego
Each Regional Task Force will identify a Best Practices Workgroup comprised of 8-10 people from Counties across the Region. The Best Practices Workgroup will develop one best practice in suicide prevention to be submitted to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Best Practice Registry.
In addition, four representatives from each Regional Task Force will participate in a Steering Committee to set priorities grounded in data to guide suicide prevention planning at the state level.