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Zero Suicide Advisory Group

Formed in December 2013, the Zero Suicide Advisory Group (ZSAG) was tasked with refining the Zero Suicide model for use in various health and behavioral health systems. The group included a Zero Suicide Data Panel dedicated to the development of performance measures for assessing the implementation of Zero Suicide in health care settings.

Note: This group is no longer active. Titles and affiliations are from the time of membership and may have since changed.

Task Force Members

Co-Leads

  • David Covington, LPC, MBA, CEO & President, RI International, Inc. (Private Sector Co-Lead)    
  • Mike Hogan, PhD, Independent Advisor and Consultant, Hogan Health Solutions (Private Sector Co-Lead)

Members

  • Karen Chaney, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Terros
  • Henry Chung, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Montefiore Care Management Organization
  • Ed Coffey, MD, President and CEO, The Menninger Clinic
  • Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Harborview Medical Center
  • John Draper, PhD, Project Director, President, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Link2Health Solutions, Inc.
  • Suzanne Fields, MSW, LICSW, Senior Advisor to the Administrator on Health Care Financing, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Frank Ghinassi, PhD, ABPP, Vice President, Quality and Performance Improvement, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and the UPMC Behavioral Health Network, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Leah Harris, MA, Communications and Development Coordinator, National Empowerment Center
  • Chuck Ingoglia, MSW, Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • David Jobes, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology, Associate Director of Clinical Training, The Catholic University of America    
  • Karen E. Johnson, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, BH Division Compliance Officer, UHS of Delaware, Inc.
  • Thomas Joiner, PhD, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Florida State University
  • Bradley E. Karlin, PhD, Chief, Mental Health and Aging & Distinguished Scholar, Education Development Center
  • Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-r, Senior Vice President, Psychosocial Services, The Institute for Family Health
  • Chuck Lunati, ORSA, CDFM, PMP, LSSBB, Domain Director & Senior Economist, Health Resource Analytics, CALIBRE
  • Richard McKeon, PhD, MPH, Branch Chief, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Frederick Meservey, LMSW, Director, Suicide Prevention Center of New York State
  • Paul Schyve, MD, Senior Advisor, Healthcare Improvement, The Joint Commission
  • Becky Stoll, LCSW, Vice President, Crisis & Disaster Management, Centerstone
  • Mason Turner, MD, Director of Outpatient Operations, Regional Mental Health and Chemical Dependency, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
  • Ursula Whiteside, PhD, Research Scientist, Forefront

Zero Suicide Data Panel Members

A part of the of Zero Suicide Advisory Group, this panel was charged with creating a set of performance measurement tools for use by health care organizations in assessing lives lost by suicide for people under care.  

  • Peter C. Brown, MA, Executive Director, Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Improvement
  • Karen Chaney, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Terros
  • Robin Davis, PhD, Senior Manager, ICF International
  • Frank Ghinassi, PhD, ABPP, Vice President, Quality and Performance Improvement, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and the UPMC Behavioral Health Network, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Chuck Ingoglia, MSW, Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Karen E. Johnson, Senior Vice President, Clinical Services, BH Division Compliance Officer, UHS of Delaware, Inc.
  • Virna Little, PsyD, LCSW-r, Senior Vice President, Psychosocial Services, The Institute for Family Health    
  • Chuck Lunati, ORSA, CDFM, PMP, LSSBB, Domain Director & Senior Economist, Health Resource Analytics, CALIBRE
  • Richard McKeon, PhD, MPH, Branch Chief, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Brad Nunn, PhD, Vice President for Quality Improvement, Centerstone
  • Jane Pearson, PhD, Chair, Suicide Research Consortium, Division of Services and Intervention Research, National Institutes of Mental Health
  • Paul Schyve, MD, Senior Advisor, Healthcare Improvement, The Joint Commission
  • Becky Stoll, LCSW, Vice President, Crisis & Disaster Management, Centerstone
  • Christine Walrath, PhD, Vice President Social and Economic Research and Evaluation, ICF International
  • Ursula Whiteside, PhD

Staffing Support

  • Sarah A. Bernes, MPH, MSW, Research Associate, Center for the Study and Prevention of Injury, Violence, and Suicide, Education Development Center, Inc.
  • Laurie Davidson, MA, Project Manager, Provider Initiatives, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Education Development Center, Inc.
  • Julie Goldstein Grumet, PhD, Director of Prevention and Practice, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Education Development Center, Inc.

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