The Kentucky Initiative for Zero Suicides (KIZS) will provide safer suicide care services for youth and young adults ages 10 - 24 who are at a higher risk of suicide. Built on the foundation that suicide should be a "never event" among Kentucky youth, KIZS will use a comprehensive system of care approach, integrating best practices in suicide care and prevention, modeled after the U.S. Air Force Suicide Prevention Program and the Suicide Care in Systems Framework(Zero Suicide in Healthcare) report by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. This comprehensive approach will be implemented in the Adanta community mental health region (Region 14) initially and will then be expanded throughout the Commonwealth. "Zero Suicide in Systems of Care" is both a philosophy and a care model. Three critical factors will lead to success: the belief and commitment that suicide can be eliminated in a population under care, by improving service access and quality and through continuous improvement (rendering suicide a "never event" for these populations); taking systematic steps across systems of care to create a culture that no longer finds suicide acceptable, set aggressive but achievable goals to eliminate suicide attempts and deaths among members, and organize service delivery and support accordingly; and the use of Evidence-Based Clinical Care Practice delivered through the system of care with a focus on productive patient/staff interactions.
Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders.