The NH chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI NH) has been a national leader in community-based suicide prevention programming, including development and dissemination of the highly regarded Connect program. Funded by the federal Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention program, the Nexus project targeted nodes in the community where suicide risk has been shown to concentrate – particularly the transition from an inpatient stay at the State’s psychiatric hospital (NH Hospital), back into one’s home community.
Initiatives funded by this grant include enhanced discharge planning and coordination of community-based care for youth being discharged from the State psychiatric hospital, greater follow-up with callers to NH’s suicide prevention hotline, and intensive work with three regional public health networks to address the needs of high risk youth. BHI assisted in the preparation of this grant application and, as the contracted evaluator for the project, helped to measure processes and outcomes of these interventions, and feed that information back to support practice improvement. The work products shared below highlight the integration of evaluation functions with support for our practice partners.
Aftercare Coordination Tracking Workbook
This Excel-based tool yields both clinical documentation for each patient encounter (tabs labeled, “Case-level data entry,” “Meeting level data entry,” and “Case Record Sheet for Printing”), and “dashboards” for monitoring progress at the patient level (“Case Dashboard”), and the aggregated program level (“Program Dashboard”). The sample linked to this page contains dummy data for demonstration purposes.
Aftercare Coordination Program Manual
Developed in collaboration with NH Hospital’s inaugural Aftercare Coordinator, Shannon Murano, this manual describes the program rationale, provides tools and guidance to the AC, offers fidelity checklists that operationalize each aspect of the intervention, and includes numerous activity and informational resources.