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SAMHSA Webinar: Implementing Best Practices & Improving Collaboration for Crisis Care & Suicide Prev

6/10/2020
When: June 10, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Where: United States
Contact: Philip Paty
(518) 439-7415, ext. 5272

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SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and Their FamiliesTechnical Assistance Center Presents: Implementing Best Practices and Improving Collaboration for Crisis Care and Suicide Prevention among High-Risk SMVF

Date: June 10, 2020

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h56pJmnYR2Wxv3LFQa1whw

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.

Moderator:

Donald Harris, M.B.A., Senior Project Associate, SAMHSA’s SMVF TA Center, Policy Research Associates, Inc.

Presenters

Richard McKeon, M.P.H., Ph.D., Chief, Suicide Prevention Branch, Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA

Misty Leitsch, B.B.A., B.S.W., Interim Executive Director, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network; Director, Zero Suicide Initiative; Member, Clarksville and Tennessee Mayor’s and Governor’s Challenge Teams

Clifton “Brent” Arnspiger, L.C.S.W., Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Michael E. DeBakey U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center; Member, Houston and Texas Mayor’s and Governor’s Challenge Teams

Learning Objectives

  • Identify responses to suicidality by identifying SMVF risk factors, signs, and symptoms amidst a COVID-19 public health crisis
  • Describe the SMVF intercepts and how they present opportunities for asking the questions, identifying Veteran status, and screening for suicide risk
  • Address challenges linked with meeting the demands of COVID-19 and opportunities for SMVF suicide prevention approaches
  • Discuss best practices, resources, and tools available for implementing crisis mapping recommended next steps
  • Share specific prevention, postvention, and self-care for resources and protocols

Target Audience

Healthcare providers, first responders, crisis care providers, peers, Veterans’ organizations, caregivers, and military and Veteran families with specific substance use disorder and mental health needs.

Click on the following link to register prior to the event:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_h56pJmnYR2Wxv3LFQa1whw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please note:

  • Participants will only be able to hear the webinar through their computer via headphones or speakers
  • Participants are asked to test their system before the broadcast
  • The webinar archive will be made available to registrants after the webinar
  • Continuing education units are not available for this webinar

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Philip Paty at (518) 439-7415, ext. 5272, or by email at ppaty@prainc.com.

Presenter Biographies

Donald Harris, M.B.A. | Senior Project Associate, SAMHSA’s SMVF TA Center, Policy Research Associates, Inc.

Mr. Harris is a Senior Project Associate with SAMHSA’s SMVF TA Center at Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA). For the past 5 years, Mr. Harris has served as the SMVF Crisis Intercept Mapping product design lead at PRA, coordinating the research, development, and implementation of this TA process. He also serves as the SMVF TA Center lead on suicide prevention efforts. He works with interagency teams to support the strategic planning and initiative implementation to strengthen behavioral health systems that serve SMVF populations. Mr. Harris’s experience in a variety of leadership and managerial roles over the past decade has provided him with a sound knowledge of cross-function team building, organizational analysis, and performance measurement. In previous roles, Mr. Harris has led diverse teams of various sizes and functions in both the military and private organizations to help reach impact and revenue objectives. He has a particular interest in trend analysis, information strategy, and developing metrics to measure outcomes. Mr. Harris is currently a doctoral student in the field of information science, studying the role of new media technologies in support of people with mental disorders. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and a Master of Business Administration. Mr. Harris served as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and is an Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veteran. He is married to a former U.S. Marine, who is herself an OEF/OIF Veteran.

Richard McKeon, M.P.H., Ph.D. | Chief, Suicide Prevention Branch, Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA

Dr. McKeon serves as the Suicide Prevention Chief at SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services, where he oversees all suicide prevention branch activities, including the Garrett Lee Smith State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention and Campus Suicide Prevention grant programs, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and the Native Aspirations program. He has spent most of his career working in community mental health, including 11 years as director of psychiatric emergency services and 4 years as Associate Administrator/Clinical Director of a hospital-based community mental health center in Newton, New Jersey. Dr. McKeon was awarded an American Psychological Association Congressional Fellowship and worked for United States Senator Paul Wellstone, covering health and mental health policy issues. He spent 5 years on the Board of the American Association of Suicidology as Clinical Division Director and has served on the Board of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He was appointed to the Secretary’s Blue Ribbon Work Group on Suicide Prevention by the Secretary of the VA in 2008 and to the Department of Defense Task Force on Suicide Prevention in the Military by the Secretary of Defense in 2009. He served on the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Task Force that revised the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and participated in the development of the World Health Organization’s World Suicide Prevention Report. Dr. McKeon is also the Co-chair of the Federal Working Group on Suicide Prevention. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona and his Master of Public Health in health administration from Columbia University.

Misty Leitsch, B.B.A., B.S.W., Interim Executive Director, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network; Director, Zero Suicide Initiative; Member, Clarksville and Tennessee Mayor’s and Governor’s Challenge Teams

Ms. Leitsch is the Interim Executive Director and Director of the Zero Suicide Initiative for the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. In this role, she is in charge of overseeing the statewide implementation of the Zero Suicide Initiative by TSPN and community partners, including emergency departments in small and rural hospitals, alcohol and drug treatment facilities, and select private business partners. Ms. Leitsch also works on the Clarksville Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among SMVF, the statewide Veterans suicide prevention task force, several intra-state departmental initiatives, and the Montgomery, Houston, Humphreys, Robertson, and Stewart Counties task force. She is a certified trainer for Question, Persuade, Refer; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training; Safe TALK; Youth Mental Health First Aid; Adverse Childhood Experiences; safety planning; and the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale. She is also a psychological autopsy investigator. Most recently, Ms. Leitsch was selected to co-chair the statewide Tennessee Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicides among SMVF task force, a joint effort between SAMHSA and VA. Before joining TSPN’s staff, she served for 5 years on the TSPN Advisory Council, having been appointed to this post by the Office of the Governor of Tennessee. As chair of TSPN’s Mid-Cumberland Region, she organized the region’s first annual Memorial Walk. She has conducted numerous suicide prevention training sessions for crisis centers, behavioral health facilities, schools, businesses, and civic groups. Ms. Leitsch received her bachelor’s degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a double major in social work and business administration.

Clifton “Brent” Arnspiger, LCSW, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Michael E. DeBakey U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center; Member, Houston and Texas Mayor’s and Governor’s Challenge Teams

Mr. Arnspiger has worked at VA for almost 20 years as a clinical social worker. He has worked as a suicide prevention coordinator for nearly 12 years. As a member of the Suicide Prevention Team, he assists with the implementation of suicide prevention strategies through education, consultation, monitoring, outreach, and coordination of care. Suicide prevention coordinators function as advisors to facility leadership, program managers, and staff concerning suicide prevention strategies for individual patients, the facility, and the Veteran community as a whole. He has specialized training in psychological autopsies. Additionally, he has an appointment as a clinical instructor at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Mr. Arnspiger is active with both the Houston Mayor’s and Texas Governor’s Challenges to Prevent Suicide among SMVF, which have both developed important suicide prevention activities in Houston and across the State of Texas. Mr. Arnspiger received his Master of Social Work from the University of Houston.