An important goal of the federal government’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (Goal 7), as well as California’s Striving for Zero Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention, is to ensure community and clinical health care providers are trained in evidence-based suicide-specific assessments, management and delivery of effective clinical care. The California Striving for Zero report recommends CAMS.
Suicide Rates in California
Throughout the state of California, suicide is the:
Overall, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the state, and California is ranked 44th in the nation for its suicide rate.
More than 4 times as many people died by suicide in 2019 than in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents.
73.3% of communities did not have enough mental health providers to serve residents in 2020, according to federal guidelines.
Sources: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) & Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
While it is important that communities learn how to identify the signs of suicide risk (often referred to as “gatekeeper” training), and maintain local suicide prevention crisis lines, it is crucial to have a network of healthcare providers in place and trained in evidence-base suicide-specific treatment to whom people identified as suicidal may be immediately referred. Such suicide-specific treatment is not generally available in hospitals or emergency departments.
The CAMS Framework has been proven through multiple randomized clinical trials to be the best assessment, intervention and treatment to reduce suicide ideation. It is recommended by such groups as the Zero Suicide Initiative, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Sentinel Event Alert (PDF) by the Joint Commission, and the 2021 Surgeon General’s Call to Action (PDF).
Because CAMS is a flexible Framework, it can be easily adapted to cultural preferences, various populations and a range of clinical settings, such as active-duty military, veterans, tribal, adolescents, children, community mental health, crisis centers, employee assistance programs, forensic settings, inpatient, outpatient, primary care, school settings, telehealth and University Counseling Centers.
The impact of suicide affects all communities in California but may be felt even harder in rural areas of the state where resources for prevention, identification, and treatment are less accessible and residents face more extreme health and economic disparities than their urban counterparts. One strategy to address this is to provide mental health care to rural communities through telehealth. CAMS has been successfully administered using telepsychology in a variety of settings, including rural and frontier regions of the intermountain West of the United States, and the U.S. Army’s Warrior Resiliency Program in San Antonio, Texas for suicidal soldiers in geographically remote locations. CAMS is a highly interactive and collaborative structure that engages the patient in their own treatment and has been shown to be effective across a variety of settings.
CAMS-care offers several training options to meet various learning styles and budgets, as well as the challenges of remote rural communities. The CAMS treatment is available via online training, in-person role-play training, consultation calls, ZOOM training, and more.
Learn more about how CAMS addresses mental health. Find a CAMS Trained clinician in California.
Below are the current requirements from this state for CE credits.
While training communities to identify the signs of suicide risk is important, it is not enough to effectively reduce the suicide rate. Legislation must be passed that requires all mental health professionals and primary care physicians to receive training in evidence-based, assessment, management, intervention, and treatment of suicide risk. Because, everyone deserves a life worth living.
CAMS-care offers training courses and materials for individuals and organizations. Our products allow professionals to earn CE credits to meet your state’s CE requirements:
The CAMS proven framework is introduced in Dr. Jobes book, “Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach“. The current edition includes evidence data from decades worth of extensive research and has a greater emphasis on how to implement CAMS in clinical settings. You may earn 6 CE credits after reading the book and passing the CE test.
CAMS-care offers engaging video training opportunities that gives professionals to earn 1 – 3 CE credits. We’ve offer training in addressing malpractice and ethical liability when working with suicidal patients, tips suggestions for working with difficult patients, and treating suicide risk with children and adolescents.
We also provide on-site Role-Play Training, Consultation Calls, and host Education Days for more hands-on approaches to the CAMS framework.