Safe Alternatives for Teens and Youth: A Community Partnership for Suicide Prevention
OBJECTIVE(S): Objectives of the proposed project include: 1) completion of a demonstration project evaluating the feasibility and impact of the SAFETY Program (a comprehensive suicide prevention program based on the research literature) adapted for the needs of a large multi-service community-based agency serving youth and families within Los Angeles County; 2) training for staff at Hathaways-Sycamores in a comprehensive evidence-based suicide prevention program resulting in improved capacity at Hathaways-Sycamores for addressing this critical problem and improved quality of care for youth presenting with suicidal behavior; and 3) further development of a partnership between UCLA and Hathaways-Sycamores aimed at bridging the gap between science and practice and improving quality of care.
METHODS: A needs assessment will be completed at the partner agency involving provider surveys, qualitative interviews with youth and families, and review of agency data. Data from the needs assessment will be used to adapt the SAFETY program to the needs of our partner agency and the youth and families served by the agency. Training will then be provided to clinicians at Hathaways-Sycamores with the goal of enhancing provider knowledge, quality of care, and client outcomes.
FINDINGS / RESULTS: This is a new project and results have not yet been obtained.
STATUS: Data collection in progress.
IMPACT: This project aims to develop a partnership between our UCLA program and Hathaways-Sycamores, currently the largest non-profit community based organization serving at-risk youth and families in Los Angeles County. There is a critical need for effective intervention programs to alleviate the suffering and negative sequelae associated with suicide attempts in youth. Hathaways-Sycamores offers a continuum of programs where this need is imminent, ranging from residential care and group homes to clinic based, inhome, and school-based services. This work will benefit the youth and families served by our community partner by providing state-of-the-art training on suicide and suicide attempt prevention. The work will also develop a partnership aimed at bridging the gap between science and practice, and will serve as a model for future quality improvement initiatives within Los Angeles County.
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