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CFS Faculty Among Experts Invited to Washington DC to Address Suicide Issues in Systems of Care

Sunday, July 12, 2009

CFS faculty Dr. Mario Hernandez and Assistant in Research Stephen Roggenbaum were among 40 experts invited to Washington DC to attend a recent planning meeting, “Addressing Suicide Issues in Systems of Care: Identifying Strategies for Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention.” Hosted by the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch (CAFB) of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the meeting brought together individuals with expertise in suicide prevention and Systems of Care to discuss the important issue of suicide prevention and how to generate a more comprehensive approach within Systems of Care.

Kathy Lazear, a Social & Behavioral Researcher at CFS, co-facilitated the meeting utilizing small and large group discussions. The focus of the meeting included:

Dr. Hernandez is known nationally for his expertise in a number of topics such as systems of care, cultural competence and disparities, measurement of outcomes, and theories of change. Mr. Roggenbaum primarily focuses on child welfare and suicide prevention and has provided technical assistance to community, state and national leaders, consultation with private children's provider agencies, assisted in case outcome reviews, and has served as project director on a number of grants including the Development of a School-Based Suicide Prevention Tool Kit. Ms. Lazear has consulted with and provided technical assistance to numerous states, local communities and internationally on system of care reform

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