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CARF International releases Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention

Notice coincides with Suicide Prevention Month

September 16, 2016, Tucson, Arizona — CARF International has announced the release of a complimentary resource for health and human service providers titled Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention ( www.carf.org/QPN_SuicidePrevention_Sept2016). This resource is applicable for providers serving a wide range of populations and age groups. Its release was timed to coincide with Suicide Prevention Month.

The Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention aims to provide a first-steps framework for healthcare professionals to assess, intervene in, and monitor suicidal behavior within their respective scopes of practice. It provides information and resources for acquiring specific competencies for preventing suicide, including training, screening/assessment tools, and safety plan development. For CARF-accredited service providers and programs, the Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention also includes a section highlighting the areas of the standards that address suicide prevention.

CARF’s CEO, Brian J. Boon, Ph.D., who also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance - http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org), wrote in a public statement earlier today, “With so many populations affected by suicide, the organizations serving them have a great opportunity to bend the curve on suicide rates by embedding knowledge about suicidal behaviors and prevention efforts into their service offerings. Responsible, quality-based practitioners in the health and human services industry should educate and train themselves to act in a responsible and timely manner when presented with a person at risk for suicide.”

CARF’s release of this resource follows recent reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that show an increase in suicide rates among general and veteran populations over the past 15 years.

9/16/2016 12:10:00 PM

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