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Welcome to the SPDC

The Suicide Prevention Data Center (SPDC) is an online data collection and management system to support Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program grantees in implementing the National Outcomes Evaluation as required by the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (GLSMA) as well as the Zero Suicide Evaluation for grantees implementing Cooperative Agreements to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems. The SPDC provides necessary resources to grantees and supports them in implementing the National Outcomes Evaluation and Zero Suicide Evaluation. Additionally, the SPDC is a resource for other GLS and Zero Suicide project stakeholders.

Background about the GLS and Zero Suicide programs

The GLSMA, signed into law in October 2004, was the first legislation to provide funding specifically for youth suicide prevention programs. Under this legislation, funding was set aside for campuses, states, tribes and US territories to develop, evaluate, and improve early intervention and suicide prevention programs. This funding appropriation authorizes the GLS Suicide Prevention Program, which is administered by SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). There are currently 102 GLS grantees funded: 57 campus grantees and 45 state and tribal grantees. Since 2005, 247 campus grants and 199 state and tribal grants have been funded.

Zero Suicide is another one of SAMHSA's grant programs, authorized under section 520L of the Public Health Service Act. These cooperative agreements, begun in September 2017, address the Healthy People 2020 Mental Health and Mental Disorders Topic Area HP 2020-MHMD and/or Substance Abuse Topic Area HP2020-SA. Grantees will implement all seven elements of the Zero Suicide model as described in the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Currently there are three Zero Suicide grantees funded.

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"Because of the tragic prevalence of suicidal ideation in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, SAMHSA awarded a large proportion of GLS grants to AI/AN communities. Many Tribal communities have a history of distrust resulting from the use of their community data to gain media attention and at times grant funding for programs that do not serve their community members. Often community members become opposed to all data gathering activities based on their experiences with how the data was misused in the past. Even when re-assured that funding is being used in certain ways, people may distrust the intent based on past and current experiences in the community. Please use these data carefully and with respect." ~ Adapted from Caroline Cruz, EagleCruz Consulting © by Jannae Parrot, author of the Oregon's Tribal Needs Assessment Workbook, prepared for the State of Oregon, 2012, with minor changes by the Life is Sacred Native Youth Suicide Prevention Program Evaluation Team.

About the National Outcomes Evaluation

The GLSMA mandated that the effectiveness of funded programs be evaluated. Specifically, section 520E(g) of the GLSMA mandates a National Outcomes Evaluation be conducted to assess the effectiveness of the activities carried out under the GLS program. The GLS National Outcomes Evaluation includes a four-stage approach (i.e., context, product, process, impact), with data gathered through multiple methods (i.e., qualitative and quantitative) and from multiple perspectives (e.g., project staff, trainees, gatekeepers/providers) to address the research questions. The data collection activities of the National Outcomes Evaluation will yield a comprehensive understanding of the effectiveness of these programs to affect change on proximal and intermediate factors related to youth suicide.

Suicide prevention resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

Contact us

If you need more information about the Suicide Prevention Data Center, please contact us at: spdc-help@icf.com

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or chat online at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org.