Integrated Services of Kalamazoo will partner with Gryphon Place, a private, non-profit agency providing suicide prevention and crisis support services, including a 24/7 suicide and crisis line to impact suicide death rates in Kalamazoo county. This project will utilize the Zero Suicide model as a foundational framework and will incorporate recommended best practices for the implementation of required activities.
Population of Focus: ISK’s population of focus for the Kalamazoo Suicide Prevention Project is adults age 25 and older at risk of suicide in Kalamazoo County. Geographic catchment: Kalamazoo County (population 259,830) is an urban county located in southwest Michigan. Adults 25 and older make up 62% of the population (161,274), with a slightly higher female population (52%). Based on 2017 Census, the County has a diverse population of 79% White, 12% Black/African American, 0.5% American Indian and 5% Hispanic/Latino. English is the predominant language spoken (92.88%) with Spanish at 2.98%). Gender makeup is 49% male, 51% female, 3.8% LGBTQ ad 0.6% Transgender. The county poverty rate is 18.3%, and there are over 38,000 Medicaid enrollees in the County. There are 13,768 Veterans in the County.
Strategies/Interventions: ISK seeks to reduce the number of suicide deaths and non-fatal suicide attempts by individuals age 25 and older through the application of these strategies: 1) implement a community wide suicide prevention plan, 2) train clinical staff working with individuals involved in the behavioral health system presenting with ideation, and 3) implement effective follow-up and care transition protocols for populations with the highest rate of suicide is our three pronged strategy proposed to address local needs.
Goal 1: Implement comprehensive suicide prevention plan to ensure the greatest reach and system change. Objective 1: Strengthen community support and participation in SPAN by increasing number of organizations participating and attendees at meetings. Objective 2: Add staff capacity to coordinate and implement SPAN workplan.
Goal 2: Increase community and service providers’ knowledge, awareness, and ability to respond to suicide risk. Objective 1: Provide 45 suicide prevention and awareness trainings (safeTALK and ASIST) for community at large by end of Year 3. Objective 2: Increase clinical staff competence and confidence in suicide assessment, safety planning, and treatment through AMSR and CBT-SP trainings as measured by pre-/post-survey.
Goal 3: Improve community response to and safety of individuals most at-risk for suicide. Objective 1: Develop and implement effective suicide prevention follow up protocols. Objective 2: Develop and implement effective care transitions to help ensure patient safety. Objective 3: Provide in-person follow up and care transition services to 275 high risk individuals by the end of grant year 3.
The project will serve 75 individuals Year 1, 100 individuals Year 2, and 100 Year 3 for a total of 275 unduplicated individuals by end of Year 3.