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Executive Briefing

Data & Decision Support For Suicide Assessment

By Margaret M. Conner-Levin, MSW

Suicide rates have increased by 33% between 1993 and 2017. It is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, and the second leading cause of death among Americans aged 15 and 34. For every person who takes their own life, there are 30 suicide attempts (see American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). These are stark statistics that paint a complicated picture of a fragmented system. During The 2019 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute, Carol Clayton, Ph.D., Translational Neuroscientist and Christopher Reist, M.D., MBA, Chief Population Health Strategy for Relias discussed the key issues driving some of these statistics and offered some potential solutions in the session, Beyond Suicide Risk Assessment: Adopting A Comprehensive Solution To Rising Suicide Rates. We do know...


The term long-term services and supports (LTSS) refers to care provided to individuals with functional limitations and chronic illnesses who need help completing activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include activities such as bathing, dressing, preparing meals, and administering medication. Under a managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) system, state Medicaid programs choose to finance and manage...
The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) awarded contracts to four organizations to operate the state's existing crisis behavioral health system. On March 26, 2019, CDHS awarded six of its seven regional crisis behavioral health services contracts. The seventh and last contract was awarded on May 7, 2019. The seven regional crisis contractors, called administrative services organizations (ASOs), will...

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