COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention
The purpose of the Pima County Suicide Prevention program, is to identify and prevent suicides and domestic violence among those uninsured/underinsured individuals age 25 and older who live in Pima County, Arizona. These individuals will be outreached by behavioral health technicians in emergency room and psychiatric hospital environments, where they will be screened using the Columbia suicide screening tool. Individuals in need will then be referred to behavioral health and/or domestic violence services. We will provide an estimated 300-400 individuals with emergency housing and an additional 1,500 with crisis hotline services during the 16-month grant period. Through this work, we will increase referrals of at-risk individuals, engage the county’s hospitals, and increase knowledge of suicide prevention through community-based trainings. We will be measuring the number of unique individuals referred into care; individuals provided emergency housing, and individuals who complete suicide prevention training. We will work alongside partners at Pima County Health Department to track suicide rates. This application for funding is in partnership with Arizona Complete Health, the regional behavioral health authority in Pima County, and Emerge, the domestic violence provider for the county. Further, the application comes with the support of the Governor’s Office of Youth Faith and Family and the Arizona Department of Health Services.
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