The purpose of this program is to support states and tribes with implementing youth1 suicide prevention2 and early intervention3 strategies in schools4, educational institutions, juvenile justice systems, substance use programs, mental health programs, foster care systems, and other child and youth-serving organizations. It is expected that this program will: (1) increase the number of youth-serving organizations who are able to identify and work with youth at risk of suicide; (2) increase the capacity of clinical service providers to assess, manage, and treat youth at risk of suicide; and (3) improve the continuity of care and follow-up of youth identified to be at risk for suicide, including those who have been discharged from emergency department and inpatient psychiatric units.
SAMHSA expects states and tribes to make suicide prevention a core priority in statewide or tribal youth-serving systems. Efforts must include a linkage with health care programs and systems committed to making suicide prevention a core priority through implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Goal 8 (promote suicide prevention as a core component of health care services) and Goal 9 (promote and implement effective clinical and professional practices for assessing and treating those identified as being at risk for suicidal behaviors)5.
1 The term “youth” means individuals who are between 10 and 24 years of age.
2 “Prevention” means a strategy or approach that reduces the likelihood or risk of onset, or delays the onset, of adverse health problems that have been known to lead to suicide.
3 “Early intervention” means a strategy or approach that is intended to prevent an outcome or to alter the course of an existing condition.
4 “Schools” means an elementary school or a secondary school as defined in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1969 [20 U.S.C. 7801].