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Care Coordination Program Training: Introduction to Zero Suicide

December 7, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Session 1 of 3-Part Suicide Prevention Series


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Zero Suicide is a set of evidence-based principles and practices for preventing suicide within health and mental health systems. The foundational belief of Zero Suicide is that suicide deaths for individuals under care are preventable. Zero Suicide requires a system-wide approach to improve out-comes and close gaps. This webinar describes how systematic suicide care closes gaps for the person thinking about suicide, what is involved in the implementation of a zero suicide approach, and what resources exist to support this work.


Deana Chase, LICSW, CCM

Deana’s expertise is focused on creating and implementing workflows within systems of care.  Deana brings a clinical perspective to the work as well as intimate knowledge of primary care workflows.  As Program Manager for the Integrated Behavioral Health Program, Deana has played a lead role, along with others at NCSS, in implementing a workflow for a suicide-safe pathway within primary care sites in the St. Albans Health service area.  In 2020 Deana was the primary lead on Vermont’s Suicide Safe Pathway Mini-grant in the St. Albans Health Service area.  This project supported program activities in which the goal was to build suicide-safer care pathways in Primary Care Practices (PCPs) that were part of Blueprint Patient-Centered Medical Homes and part of a system of care with a Designated Mental Health Agency.  Deana loves to spend time with her partner and their son when not at work.  They enjoy their summer camp on Lake Champlain.  Deana also enjoys cooking for friends and family.

Kirk Postlewaite, LCMHC

Kirk is a seasoned public and community health professional with 20 years of experience in program management, clinical work, and community health initiatives.  During this time, Kirk has worked with children, families, and adults in Vermont across systems of care and many settings.  Most recently, he worked as the Population Health Director at Rutland Regional Medical Center and as the Communications and Development Director at Washington County Mental Health in central Vermont.  Kirk’s expertise is focused on creating systems of care that are effective and efficient while remaining person-focused, and he brings a well-rounded clinical perspective to this work. When not at work, Kirk thoroughly enjoys recreating outdoors in beautiful Vermont with his family and friends, eating good food, and seeing live music.

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December 7, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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