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This month, we focus on suicide prevention and education...

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “HOME” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.
                  Making a Difference

This month we spoke with Janel Cubbage, LGPC, Director of Suicide Prevention at the State of Maryland Behavioral Health Administration.

In her role, Cubbage works with various stakeholders to increase awareness of suicide and improve preparedness to identify individuals at-risk, intervene, and provide support to promote healing and improved quality of life. 

Read the full interview...
"We often fear what we don’t know – educate yourself on the facts about mental illness and suicide. Speak with people who have lived experience and listen to their stories to develop an understanding. Once you’ve reconciled your own internal belief system, you can be an agent of change in health care settings to address stigma.” 

 - Janel Cubbage, LGPC
Director of Suicide Prevention, State of Maryland Behavioral Health Administration
Chair, Maryland Governor's Commission on Suicide Prevention

Resources of the Month

For our September issue, we have curated a set of prevention and education tools for the primary care setting. 
  • Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), supports suicide risk assessment through a series of simple, plain-language questions that anyone can ask. The answers help users identify whether someone is at risk for suicide, assess the severity and immediacy of that risk, and gauge the level of support that the person needs.
  • The Indian Health Service publishes resources for health care professionals including community crisis response guidelines, toolkits, reporting forms, online trainings, and many more.
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What's the Buzz?

News, Conferences, and Upcoming Events


The Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders is hosting its first public workshop entitled "Key Policy Challenges to Improve Care for People with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders" on October 15-16, 2019. This workshop will provide an overview of five key policy challenges to improve care for people with mental health and substance use disorders.
A new partnership between National Health Service Corps and Providers Clinical Support System connects qualified clinicians to free medication-assisted treatment training, professional development resources, and the opportunity to obtain the DATA 2000 Waiver. This partnership aims to increase access to quality substance use disorder and opioid use disorder treatment in rural and under served areas.
September is National Recovery Month. In celebration of the role primary care providers play in addiction care, the Harvard Center for Primary Care recently recorded a podcast on "Opioid Use Disorder Care in Primary Care." Listen Now.
A recent United States of Care policy report identifies the progress states have made to improve health care access, and address mental health and substance use disorder treatment in their respective states. 


October 5
National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030
What: Webinar | Website
October 5
Primary Care Conference
Where: Boston, MA | Website

October 8
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Where: Philadelphia, PA | Website

October 10
Suicide Prevention: Science & Trends
What: Webinar | Website

October 17-19
CFHA Conference
Where: Denver, CO | Website

October 20
Primary Care Behavioral Forum
Where: Denver, CO | Website
October 27-30
HLTH Conference
Where: Las Vegas, NV | Website

November 2-6
APHA Annual Meeting & Expo
Where: Philadelphia, PA | Website
November 4-5
PCPCC Annual Conference
Where: Washington DC | Website
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