Performance Improvement 2013-2014. Have the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grants Increased Awareness, Knowledge, Early Identification, and Referrals Linked to Treatment?


 All Garrett Lee Smith Program grant recipients participate in a national cross-site evaluation. This participation allows for large sample comparisons of early intervention activities and the collection of information on the use of best and promising practices. Grantees have used program resources to develop a wide array of suicide prevention strategies and products tailored to best meet the needs of their communities. Activities are intended to increase awareness, knowledge, early identification, and linkage to treatment. The cross-site evaluation helps grantees track budgets, develop and implement these prevention strategies. Outreach and awareness (OA) activities were the most common program activity, with more than 98 percent of State/Tribal and Campus grantees implementing them in their communities across all years. Grantees spend the largest proportion of funds on OA activities and gatekeeper trainings. More than 95 percent of State/Tribal and Campus grantees provided training activities with their GLS Suicide Prevention Program funding. Slightly less than one-third of grantees implemented assessment and referral trainings in their communities.

From 2006 to 2012, more than 12,000 youths were identified at elevated risk of suicide. The rates of identification from screening decreased from 78 percent in FY 2009 to 55 percent in FY 2012, with a slight increase in the number of youth identified as at-risk for suicide by gatekeepers. Eighty percent of the youth at-risk for suicide identified by State grantees and 49 percent almost half of the youth identified by Tribal grantees were referred for mental health services.

Report Title: State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Program Cross-site Evaluation, Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Report

Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Richard McKeon, 240-276-1873
Performer: Macro International, Inc.
Record ID: 8727 (July 31, 2012)

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