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Zero Suicide Academy | Kansas Department of Health and Environment
April 11th and 12th, 2023
8:30 to 4:30 CST each day

Kansas health and behavioral healthcare teams are encouraged to apply by 3/10 for an April online Zero Suicide Academy® sponsored by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

About the Academy


Kansas health and behavioral healthcare organizations are eligible to apply. The sponsor has made this event free to attend for all selected teams. As the Zero Suicide Academy is sponsored by KDHE’s Implementation of Zero Suicide in Health Systems funded through SAMHSA, the program will be reaching out to organizations participating in the Academy on a quarterly basis to collect information on progress toward implementation. A data worksheet will be shared with you to collect information on training of employees on evidence-based practices; screening adherence; number and percent of referrals who receive care; suicide deaths and suicide attempts for individuals under your organization’s care. Your attendance at the Academy signifies agreement to this data collection. 


Join Jan Ulrich, Zero Suicide Institute Senior Project Associate, for a two-day, online Zero Suicide launch event. This event is co-sponsored by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The Zero Suicide Academy is a two-day training for senior leaders of health and behavioral health care organizations that seek to dramatically reduce suicides among patients in their care. Using the Zero Suicide framework, participants learn how to incorporate best and promising practices into their organizations and processes to improve care and safety for individuals at risk. Zero Suicide faculty provide both interactive presentations and small group sessions, collaborating with participants to develop organization-specific action plans.

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The objectives of the Zero Suicide Academy are to:

  • Provide organizations interested in adopting a Zero Suicide approach with the skills and information necessary to launch their effort;
  • Create collaborative links between the organizations launching these initiatives in order to provide mentorship and support so that the perspectives, knowledge, and skills of each inform the work of the others; and
  • Aid in developing implementation plans for the Zero Suicide initiatives at each participating organization.

Questions? Please Contact:

  • Lauren Gracy at regarding data collection
  • Diana Zolck at regarding program questions
  • Zero Suicide Institute at regarding registration assistance   

How to Apply

Participant Eligibility

Applicants are to attend the Zero Suicide Academy with a team of 4 individuals including the person identified as the lead for the system's Zero Suicide initiative. Recommendations for team composition include:

Person(s) responsible and with authority for implementation decisions (e.g. Medical Doctor, CIO, ED, BH Director, or IT).

  • At least one senior leader/management (irrespective or discipline area)
  • At least one person who manages your electronic health records (EHR) system, quality improvement, or risk management
  • At least one person (e.g., case manager, psychologist, social worker, nurse, other) who provides care to patients daily.
Application Instructions

All organizations wishing to be considered for the Zero Suicide Academy will submit the application by the due date. The application will be reviewed by Zero Suicide Institute (ZSI); a complete application will be required including at least 3 team members selected to attend and the completed organizational self-study. Applications are due by March 10, 2023.

Organizational Self Study

A Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study is to be completed by your implementation team members, along with your application. We offer two versions of the Organizational Self-Study: the General Organizational Self-Study and the Inpatient Organizational Self-Study. Organizations can choose to take one or both available Self-Studies. If you would like to review the questions before taking the survey, we offer a PDF of each version of the Self-Study. To access these resources, you will need to create an account on the Zero Suicide website.

Go to Organizational Self Study


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Jan Ulrich
Senior Project Associate, Zero Suicide Institute

Jan Ulrich delivers training and consultation to improve care and outcomes for individuals at risk for suicide using a continuous quality improvement framework.