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Chippewa County awarded suicide prevention grant

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- A grant will help an area government agency learn new ways to prevent suicides in the community.

The Chippewa County Department of Human Services was awarded the suicide prevention grant from Mental Health of Wisconsin. It's for the 2014 Perfect Depression Care Learning Community. The grant lets the department send two representatives to a workshop at Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit, Michigan. They'll learn about an initiative called “zero suicides in health care." It's expected to change how the department thinks in terms of preventing suicides. One of the two representatives will be from the L.E. Phillips Libertas Program.

The funding comes from the state Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (CHIPPEWA COUNTY NEWS RELEASE) -- Chippewa County Department of Human Services, Community Mental Health and Recovery Services, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant to be a member of the 2014 Perfect Depression Care Learning Community which is a part of the larger “zero suicides in health care” initiative. We will be sending two representatives to a workshop at Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit, Michigan to learn about this practice change which is transforming how we think about suicide prevention. Tim Easker, Community Mental Health and Recovery Services Division Manager, indicates this will be a community-wide collaborative effort with the ultimate goal being zero suicides within the group of customers whose lives we and our collaborative partners touch. The L.E. Phillips Libertas Program will be working closely with the Department of Human Services in this endeavor as one of the two representatives chosen to attend the workshop will be from that agency.

Mental Health of Wisconsin was the source of this grant with funding provided by the State of Wisconsin Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.


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