KDHE Zero Suicide Academy

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Zero Suicide Academy is a two-day training for senior leaders of health and behavioral health care organizations that seek to dramatically reduce suicides among patients in their care. Using the Zero Suicide framework, participants learn how to incorporate best and promising practices into their organizations and processes to improve care and safety for individuals at risk. Zero Suicide faculty provide both interactive presentations and small group sessions, collaborating with participants to develop organization-specific action plans.

All organizations wishing to be considered for the Zero Suicide Academy will submit the application by March 8th, 2021.

The objectives of the Zero Suicide Academy are to:

  • Provide organizations interested in adopting a Zero Suicide approach with the skills and information necessary to launch their effort;
  • Create collaborative links between the organizations launching these initiatives in order to provide mentorship and support so that the perspectives, knowledge, and skills of each inform the work of the others; and
  • Aid in developing implementation plans for the Zero Suicide initiatives at each participating organization.


Applicants are to attend the Zero Suicide Academy with a team of four individuals including the person identified as the lead for the system's Zero Suicide initiative. Recommendations for team composition include:

  • Person(s) responsible and with authority for implementation decisions (e.g. Medical Doctor, CIO, ED, BH Director, or IT).
  • At least one senior leader/management (irrespective or discipline area).
  • At least one person who manages your electronic health records (EHR) system, quality improvement, or risk management.
  • At least one person (e.g., case manager, psychologist, social worker, nurse, other) who provides care to patients daily.


Organization must be located in Kansas to qualify for application.

Applications due by: March 8, 2021
Participants notified by: March 15, 2021
Academy dates/times: April 6 and 7, 2021 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. (CST)
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