The Critical Incident Review Team process identified the high number of suicides among children and young adults as an issue Child Welfare has a role in addressing. Child Welfare's Child Fatality Prevention and Review Program continues to expand suicide awareness and prevention efforts. The program's collaboration with Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Occupational Health, Safety and Emergency Management Unit (OHSE) has resulted in several advancements in suicide prevention efforts including:
- ODHS was awarded the Garrett Lee Smith Grant which provided funding to train ODHS employees and community partners with computer-based training developed by QPR Institute. QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer and is a practical and proven suicide prevention training that is internationaly recognized. Additionally, over 100 Child Welfare staff have been trained as QPR trainers and are encouraged to provide in-person trainings to community members including medical providers at child advocacy centers and local law enforcement.
- OHSE has created an internal webpage that offers resources and supportive services for ODHS staff.
- The Child Fatality Prevention and Review Program is continuing to collaborate with OHA to offer suicide prevention training for foster parents and join community efforts for postvention response.
- The Child Fatality Prevention and Review Program is evaluating data to help identify higher-risk populations and target response efforts.
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