Programmatic Approach To Suicide Prevention With Local Behavioral Health Community Promising

Medscape (5/17, Brooks) reports, “A rigorous programmatic approach to suicide prevention led by Magellan Health Services, in Arizona, that involves the local behavioral health community, is achieving promising results,” research presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting suggests. In fact, during “the first 90 days of implementation, there were no reported suicides in the” Maricopa County Medicaid “behavioral health population in Arizona.” In addition, the so-called “Magellan Driving Suicide to Zero Initiative…decreased the suicide rate (number of suicides per 100,000) by 67% for the population and by 42% in people with serious mental illness.”

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