Preventing Suicide in Texas

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death for Texans.

SUICIDE PREVENTION IN TEXAS

An important goal of the federal government’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (Goal 7), as well as the Report on Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Texas, is to ensure community and clinical health care providers are trained in evidence-based suicide-specific assessments, management and delivery of effective clinical care. In fact, the Texas Report specifically recommends that the mental health workforce be trained in the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS). [Recommendation 1: Increase Access to Behavioral Health Care]

Suicide Rates in Texas

Throughout the state of Texas, suicide is the:

  • 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-34
  • 4th leading cause of death for ages 35-44
  • 5th leading cause of death for ages 45-54
  • 10th leading cause of death for ages 55-64
  • 18th leading cause of death for ages 65+
  • Overall, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Texas.

THE CAMS SUICIDE PREVENTION ASSESSMENT, INTERVENTION & TREATMENT IS BACKED BY 30 YEARS OF ON-GOING CLINICAL RESEARCH

HOW CAMS-CARE ADDRESSES MENTAL HEALTH IN TEXAS

The CAMS Framework has been proven through multiple randomized clinical trials to be the best assessment, intervention and treatment to reduce suicide ideation. Mental health professionals have reported that the CAMS Framework has given them a way to confidently treat suicidal patients effectively in only 6-8 sessions. And, more importantly, patients have reported that they like using the CAMS Framework. It is recommended by such groups as the Zero Suicide Initiative, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and The Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event Alert by the Joint Commission.
While it is important that communities learn how to identify the signs of suicide risk (often referred to as “gatekeeper” training), 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.

The impact of suicide in Texas ripples through all communities 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. Because CAMS is a flexible Framework, it can be easily adapted to cultural preferences, various populations and clinical settings, including: active duty military, veterans, tribal cultures, adolescents, children, community mental health, crisis centers, employee assistance programs, forensic settings, inpatient, outpatient, primary care, school settings, telehealth and University Counseling Centers

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.

TEXAS CE REQUIREMENTS

Below are the current requirements from this state for CE credits.

Social Workers in Texas Need 30 CE Credit Hours Every Two Years

Counselors in Texas Need 24 CE Credit Hours Every Two Years

Texas Psychologists Need 40 CE Credits Hours Every Two Years

Model Bill to Effectively Reduce the Suicide Rate in Texas

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 PRODUCTS

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:

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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.

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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.

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We also provide on-site Role-Play Training, Consultation Calls, and host Education Days for more hands-on approaches to the CAMS framework.