INCLUDING CAMS TRAINING IN YOUR GRANT
A couple of the most popular federal funding grants, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), include: the Garrett Lee Smith grant and the Zero Suicide grant.
The CAMS Approach to assessing and treating suicide risk readily meets the criteria for most of these grants. To this end, the following CAMS-related information can be used to help complete your grant applications:
Description of Evidence-Based Practice Being Used
CAMS is supported by eight published non-randomized trials and four published randomized controlled trials (RCT’s), which are the “gold standard” of proving that a treatment is effective in an acausal manner. There is additional support for CAMS from an unpublished RCT and four on-going RCT’s of CAMS are being performed in the US and abroad (two in Seattle, one in San Diego, and an inpatient RCT in Germany). To date, there is no suicide-focused intervention with more clinical trial support than CAMS.
Replicated data across various clinical research studies show the CAMS approach to suicidal risk:
- Quickly reduces suicidal ideation in 6-8 sessions;
- Reduces overall symptom distress, depression, changes suicidal cognitions, and decreases hopelessness;
- Increases hope and improves clinical retention to care;
- Is liked by patients who use it;
- May be optimal for suicidal ideators;
- The best proven treatment for randomized trials
- Decreases Emergency Department (ED) visits among certain subgroups;
- Appears to have a promising impact on self-harm behavior and suicide attempts;
- Is relatively easy to learn, and become adherent.
Research Justifying Use of the Evidence-Based Practice with your Population of Focus
How Staff Are Trained to Implement the Evidence-Based Practice
The training model includes: (1) the CAMS Book; (2) a 3-hour online clinical demonstration of the use of CAMS with a patient through the course of 12 sessions, including the development of a viable CAMS Stabilization Plan, how to identify patient-defined “drivers” of their suicidal risk and the creation of a collaborative treatment plan; (3) practical role-play training with an authorized CAMS expert, which will include group discussion to strategize challenging case presentations, and how to apply the CAMS approach to a specific population of focus; (4) up to six months of consultation calls with a CAMS expert to answer questions and help new CAMS clinicians with current CAMS cases.
Cost of CAMS Training
In addition, CAMS-care offers educational training for large groups of clinicians and non-clinicians to learn about the field of suicidology, suicidal drivers, assessment and treatment options. These educational sessions are available for groups of up to 300 attendees at a price of $9,500.
How Fidelity of the Evidence-Based Practice is Monitored
For more information, review SAMHSA’s manual: Developing a Competitive SAMHSA Grant Application (PDF)
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