Zero Suicide Academy | Louisiana Department of Health/Office of Behavioral Health and Louisiana Center for Prevention Resources (LCPR)
June 13th and June 14th, 2023
8:00am-4:00pm CT

Louisiana health and behavioral healthcare teams by invitation only are encouraged to apply by May 19, 2023 for a June online Zero Suicide Academy® sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Health/Office of Behavioral Health.

About the Academy


Louisiana health and behavioral healthcare organizations by invitation only are eligible to apply. This event is funded through Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and provided to participants at no cost.


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 Louisiana Department of Health/Office of Behavioral Health.

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.


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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. e.g. Medical Doctor, CIO, ED, BH Director, or IT)
  • At least one senior leader/management (irrespective of 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. 

Zero Suicide implementation team members should include persons who can both champion Zero Suicide with passion and those who have some power and influence in your system. This can include clinical directors, senior clinical staff with coordination over a certain area or department, information technology, risk management or quality improvement, or a person with lived experience.

All organizations wishing to be considered for the Zero Suicide Academy will submit the application by May 19, 2023.

Application Instructions

The Zero Suicide Academy application consists of:

  1. A cover sheet. The lead applicant will receive all correspondence and must be one of the team members.
  2. A letter of commitment written by the organization’s CEO/Senior Executive Leader. The CEO/Senior Executive Leader should review and approve the submission and agree to the strategy proposed. Leadership letters of commitment to the Zero Suicide model created for other purposes are acceptable so long as they are dated within the prior 6 months. Click here for sample letter.
  3. A narrative that, in two to four pages, responds to the following: 
    • Briefly describe the members of your team and the relevant skills, knowledge, and experience they bring to the Zero Suicide Academy.
    • What are your team’s goals for participating in the Zero Suicide Academy and what does the team hope to learn during the training? 
  4. A Zero Suicide Organizational Self-Study is to be completed by your implementation team members, along with your application.
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


Dr. Lia Gaggino
Lia Gaggino
Primary Care Pediatrician, Western Michigan

Primary care pediatrician who served as Bronson Healthcare System Medical Director of Behavioral Health to implement Zero Suicide practices and build integrated behavioral health in primary care.

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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.

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Kim Walton
Retired Chief Nurse Executive

Kim Walton is a retired Chief Nurse Executive with extensive experience in suicide prevention, trauma-informed care, and substance use with a focus on opportunities for suicide safer care for high-risk individuals.