2018 Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium Speaker Slides


Newcomer Orientation – JoEllen Tarallo, Ed.D – VT-SPC Overview


Welcome from Melissa Bailey, Commissioner of Vermont Department of Mental Health – Overview Slide


Keynote:  James Wright, LCPC, SAMHSA – “Are We Making a Difference?  The Changing Landscape of Suicide Prevention”


Featured Plenary:  Thomas Delaney, PhD –  “Recent Suicide Trends in Vermont:  What are We Learning?”


WORKSHOP:  Notes From the Field:  Screening Tools Utilized Across Settings


Adam Lesser (for Kelly Posner) – Solving Our Common Problem:  Screening with the C_SSRS and Making Data Driven Policy to Save Lives


Robert Althoff, MD, PhD – “Suicide Risk Assessments in Hospitals Using Systematic Expert Risk Assessment for Suicide (SERAS)”


Sarah Arias, PhD – “The Emergency Department Safety Assessment and Follow-up Evaluation (ED-SAFE) study:  The Impact of Implementing Universal Suicide Risk Screening”


WORKSHOP:  Improving Systems:  Practice Improvement and Reaching Veterans Not in VA Care

James Wright Slides



WORKSHOP:  The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale:  Saving Lives, Reducing Workloads and Reducing Liability”

Adam Lesser, LCSW

Slides:  “Identification, Triage, and Monitoring Using the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale – Increasing Precision, Improving Care Delivery and Redirecting Scarce Resources”


Link to C-SSRS Video


WORKSHOP:  Reducing Short Term Suicide Risk After Hospitalization (CAMS)

Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH


Slides  “Reducing Short Term Suicide Risk after Hospitalization (CAMS)

Handout:  “Reducing Short Term Suicide Risk after Hospitalization (CAMS)


WORKSHOP:  Integrated Health Care Strategies:  How Three Sites Are Implementing a Clinical Pathway to Suicide Prevention


Peter Mills, PhD, MS and Meghan Snitkin, LICSW – “Integrated Health Care Strategies in VA”


Meghan McFadden Slides:  Collaborative Assessment & Management of Suicidality (CAMS) in Primary Care


Meghan McFadden Handout:  “The CAMS Approach to Suicide Risk:  Philosophy and clinical procedures”, By David A. Jobes


Alison Miley, MSW – “Embedding a Mental Health Clinician in SASH Housing”


WORKSHOP:  Substance Use Disorders and Suicide:  A Chance for Clinicians to Talk


Tom Delaney, PhD – “Substance Abuse, Suicide and Young People in Vermont:  What do the Data Tell Us?”

Win Turner, PhD, LADC – “Vermont SBIRT – Outcomes & Lessons”

Debby Haskins, LADC – “Substance Use Disorders and Suicide”