CAMS AND Zero Suicide Initiatives

CAMS is first and foremost a clinical philosphy of care

Examples of Organizational Use

CAMS Suicide Prevention Training Framework &
The Zero Suicide Initiative

CAMS has been integrated into many Zero Suicide initiatives in the United States and abroad (e.g., Australia). As a charter member of the Action Alliance Clinical Care Task Force, Dr. Jobes helped to shape Zero Suicide as policy initiative from its beginning and he continues to serve as a charter Zero Suicide faculty member. Due to its flexibility, CAMS can be readily adapted into a range of healthcare settings to meet the Zero Suicide sub-goal of treating suicide directly.

Many organizations across the United States implementing Zero Suicide have completed CAMS training. In this video below, Dr. Jobes provides an informative update on the use of CAMS in Zero Suicide initiatives.

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“The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center has been working with CAMS-care to identify a training approach that meets the needs of clinicians in Vermont through online training and consult calls. We chose CAMS-care as the preferred tool for Zero Suicide implementation in Vermont because it is both assessment and treatment and provides high-quality training and support. CAMS-care has been very responsive to feedback and this has increased overall satisfaction with the training approach.”

JoEllen Tarallo, ED.D, MCHES

Director, Vermont Suicide Prevention Center


Why is CAMS the best choice for suicide prevention?
CAMS stands for the “Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality” (CAMS). CAMS is first and foremost a clinical philosophy of care. It is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a patient’s suicidal risk. It is a flexible approach that can be used across theoretical orientations and disciplines for a wide range of suicidal patients across treatment settings and different treatment modalities.

We are participating in Zero Suicide, how can we go about implementing CAMS in our organization?
CAMS-care provides the only authorized training in CAMS that readily fits well into a Zero-Suicide policy effort. Dr. Jobes has been involved in the Zero Suicide movement since its inception and CAMS is consistently used within Zero Suicide initiatives as one of only a handful of suicide-specific evidence-based approaches to suicidal risk according to replicated randomized controlled trials. Please complete our Inquiry Form for more information and a member of our team will contact you.

We have funding or are planning to submit a grant proposal for the Garrett Lee Smith Act (GLS) as part of our Zero Suicide initiative. Could we work with CAMS to set up a training with these funds?
Yes, CAMS is an excellent evidenced based suicide-specific clinical intervention that is well suited for suicide prevention efforts funded by GLS. Many CAMS trainings have been conducted for state organizations and Native American behavioral health providers over the past several years. Please complete our Inquiry Form for more information and a member of our team will contact you.

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