Franklin James Cook

CSAT Manual on Suicide in Alcohol/Drug Treatment Is Free

In Intervention, Postvention, Prevention on July 14, 2009 at 4:39 pm

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released TIP 50, “Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment,” which is available online and in print (the publication is free).

According to an announcement from Anara Guard, Deputy Director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), the new manual “offers substance abuse counselors a four-step process for addressing suicidal thoughts and behaviors in substance abuse treatment.”

The TIP is organized in three parts, which the publication’s introduction describes as follows:

Part 1 of the TIP is for substance abuse counselors and consists of two chapters. Chapter 1 presents the “what” and “why” of working with clients with substance use disorders who have suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors … Chapter 2 presents the “how to” of working with clients with suicidal thoughts and/or behaviors … Part 2 is an implementation guide for program administrators … Part 3 of this TIP is a literature review on the topic of depressive symptoms …

Here is the description of the TIP series, which is developed by SAMHSA’S Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT):

[TIPs] are best-practices guidelines for the treatment of substance use disorders. CSAT draws on the experience and knowledge of clinical, research, and administrative experts to produce the TIPs, which are distributed to facilities and individuals across the country … [including] public and private treatment facilities … [and] practitioners in mental health, criminal justice, primary care, and other healthcare and social service settings.

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