Clinical Care and Intervention Task Force

This task force completed its work in 2013 with the launch of the Zero Suicide in Healthcare website and establishment of the Zero Suicide Advisory Group.


Click here to review slides from the AAS presentation "Ending Suicide in Healthcare Settings".


  • Propose targets and methods to improve the quality of care in health settings and systems that update the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) and facilitate review, refinement, approval, and initial execution of the revised health care quality strategy.
    • Proposed target for consideration #1: Improving suicide prevention practices in specialty behavioral health settings (e.g., inpatient and outpatient, public and private sectors, including the VA) with a focus on integrated treatment settings (e.g., accountable care organizations [ACOs], health homes).
    • Proposed target for consideration #2: Articulating suicide prevention strategies for specialty and general health plans.
    • Possible target for consideration #3: Proposing standards for suicide prevention that might be recommended to national accrediting bodies for health settings and health plans, for inclusion in federal guidelines for new care arrangements (e.g., ACO’s, health homes) and for state agencies setting standards for health settings and health plans. 
  • Facilitate dialogue among experts familiar with best practices in health settings and with representatives of organizations involved in health care settings and systems.
  • Collaborate with the Data and Surveillance Task Force to propose a strategy for monitoring the implementation of the revised strategy, identifying barriers, and proposing ways to overcome them.

Twelve Month Objectives

Suicide Care in Systems Framewrok Report

  • Develop high-priority recommendations in the NSSP domain of clinical services (for both specialty and general medical services) and add a domain for health plans.
  • Establish processes and structures for generating an implementation plan.
  • Contribute recommendations and implementation plan to the Alliance’s initial action agenda.
  • In collaboration with the National Strategy Task Force, develop a draft for broad review and comment of a comprehensive series of recommendations.  Click on image to read the report.
  • David Covington, LPC, MBA—Co-Lead, Private Sector; CEO & President, RI International, Inc.
  • Mike Hogan, PhD—Co-Lead, Public Sector; Independent Advisor and Consultant, Hogan Health Solutions LLC
  • Alan “Lanny” L. Berman, PhD, ABPP, Executive Director, American Association of Suicidology
  • Ed Coffey, MD, Vice President, Henry Ford Health System
  • Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH, Clinical Director, University of Washington Harborview
  • Chris Damle, Senior Director of Adult Services, Magellan Health Services of Arizona
  • Laurie Davidson, MA, Project Manager for Provider Initiatives, Suicide Prevention Resource Center
  • John Draper, PhD, Project Director, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Shareh Ghani, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Magellan Health Services of Arizona
  • Julie Goldstein Grumet, PhD, Director of Prevention and Practice, Suicide Prevention Resource Center
  • David Grossman, MD, MPH, Medical Director for Preventative Care, Group Health Research Institute
  • David Jobes, PhD, Associate Director of Clinical Training, Catholic University of America
  • Christine Ketchmark, PsyD, Director of Clinical Analytics, Outcomes, and Integration, Magellan Health Services of Arizona
  • Richard McKeon, PhD, MPH, Suicide Prevention Branch Chief, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Fred Meservey, LMSW, Director, Suicide Prevention Center of New York
  • Gary O’Brien, DMin, Prevention Specialist, Suicide Prevention Center of New York
  • Cindy Padilla, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Administration on Aging
  • Paul Schyve, MD, Senior Vice President, Healthcare Improvement, The Joint Commission
  • Phil Satow, MA, National Council for Suicide Prevention Representative; Co-founder, Jed Foundation
  • Shannon Skowronski, MPH, MSW, Program Specialist, U.S. Administration on Aging
  • Heather Stokes, LCSW, Vice President, LivingWorks Education, Inc.