The Health Innovations Network of Kansas (HINK) Suicide Prevention and Improvement Network (SPIN) consortium is be comprised of 12 hospitals, one community mental health center, and three agricultural organizations/agencies. This project serves HINK’s 12-county, rural region of northeast and northcentral Kansas, and project partners are intimately familiar with the unique requirements of the people that live in the region and how to meet these needs. The HINK SPIN is focused on a strategic assessment of the region, focused on the mental health and suicide prevention opportunities as well as increased cultural competency training for healthcare providers of rural patients.
The overarching goal of the HINK’s SPIN project is to bring a heightened focus on reducing suicide and expanding access to behavioral health care services in its predominantly rural network region. The target population is rural teenagers and adults (age 15-64) at risk of developing or diagnosed with a mental or behavioral health issue in northeast and north-central Kansas.
This goal is supported by the following complementary objectives:
1. A Behavioral Task Force (BHTF) will be formalized which is tasked with addressing ongoing and emerging needs related to suicide prevention and mental health service delivery;
2. The BHTF will conduct an assessment of current services, community perceptions, and community needs related to mental and behavioral health issues; and
3. The BHTF will complete a strategic planning process which includes specific and actionable steps to a) implement and sustain outreach and public awareness activities to promote early detection of mental illness and increase access to services; b) select and implement evidence-based primary prevention strategies (i.e. Mental Health First Aid); c) address any identified cultural deficiencies among behavioral health professionals serving rural youth/families and farmers/ranchers; and d) establish partnerships for the provision of mental health services in northeast and northcentral Kansas.
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