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Zero Suicide Workshop | Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
November 14, 2023
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mountain Time

The Zero Suicide Institute, in partnership with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, cordially invites Idaho health & behavioral health systems to apply by 11/1/23 for a workshop in Boise ID.

About the Workshop

Zero Suicide Workshops are closely tailored to your needs. While a Zero Suicide Academy is very structured and designed for implementation teams, workshops are more flexible and can be developed for a variety of audiences with varying knowledge levels or preparation. Using the Zero Suicide framework, participants can also learn how to incorporate best and promising practices into their organizations and processes to improve care and safety for individuals at risk. 

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Holiday Inn Express, Boise University Area, 475 W. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise 83706

A private, behind-the-scenes tour has been arranged at the Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline immediately following the session at 5:00 p.m. The location is close and will be disclosed during the workshop. The tour will last approximately 30 minutes.

What is Zero Suicide?

Zero Suicide is a transformational framework for Health and Behavioral Health Care Systems. The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under the care of health and behavioral health systems are preventable. For systems dedicated to improving patient safety, Zero Suicide presents an aspirational challenge and practical framework for system-wide transformation toward safer suicide care. A holistic and systemic approach to quality improvement, Zero Suicide is both a bold goal and an aspirational challenge.

Workshop Description

This one day workshop will inform participants about the Zero Suicide model including the seven essential elements of suicide care:

Lead system-wide culture change committed to reducing suicides

Train a competent, confident, and caring workforce

Identify patients with suicide risk via comprehensive screenings

Engage all individuals at-risk of suicide using a suicide care management plan

Treat suicidal thoughts and behaviors using evidence-based treatments

Transition individuals through care with warm hand-offs and supportive contacts

Improve policies and procedures through continuous quality improvement

During this session, health and behavioral health care leader(s) who have launched Zero Suicide in their systems will describe their initiatives including early results and recommendations for those considering launching this model in their own settings. We will share implementation supports for implementing the Zero Suicide model. And teams will have dedicated planning time to determine how they will implement the elements of Zero Suicide in their organization. 

How to Apply

Participant Eligibility

Applicants are to attend the Zero Suicide Workshop with at least 4 core members from your implementation team. You do need to have at least one participating team member with decision-making authority. The Team Lead is responsible for getting the application and all documents submitted.

Recommendations for team composition include person(s) responsible for, or with authority to, make decisions for the organization, has influence on processes, and is involved in the clinical aspect of provided care. Often this includes people in positions including Case Manager, Chief Officers, Directors, etc.

  • At least one senior leader/management (irrespective of discipline area). Person(s) responsible and with authority for implementation decisions (e.g., CEO, COO, Medical Doctor, CIO, ED)
  • 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.
  • At least one person who supervises the direct patient care.
  • At least one person with lived experience.


Application Instructions 

Please submit one application per team. Individual team members do not have to register separately. The application should be under the team lead and list all team members. Applications are due by November 1, 2023.

The Zero Suicide Workshop application consists of a brief narrative that responds to the following: 

  • Briefly describe the members of your Zero Suicide implementation team and team and their roles.
  • What are your team’s goals for participating in the Zero Suicide Workshop and what does the team hope to learn during the training?
Organizational Self- Study (optional)

You can complete the Organizational Self Study prior to the workshop or after the workshop. 

You can create an account on the Zero Suicide website and submit the study there. 

There are four versions of the Organizational Self-Study: 

1.  General Organizational Self- Study 

2.   Inpatient Organizational Self-Study

3.  Community-Based Organizations with Clinical Providers Self- Study

4.  Community-Based Organizations without Clinical Providers Self- Study

There is an adaptation of the Organizational Self-Study for organizations within Indian Country. This adaptation swaps out some of the questions in the Organizational Self-Study. It can be found here.

Organizations may choose the self- study they feel is most appropriate.

Go to Organizational Self Study 


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Heather Ayn Indelicato
Licensed Psychologist, Tséhootsooí Medical Center
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Kathleen Lisborg
Senior Project Associate, Zero Suicide Institute

Kathy Lisborg, licensed clinical social worker and senior project associate, is experienced in implementation science, mental health, substance use, LGBTQ issues, and trauma-informed care.

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