Today, at the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare's
Mental Health and Addictions Conference in Chicago, Magellan Health
Services of Arizona, a subsidiary of Magellan Health Services, Inc.
(NASDAQ: MGLN), will receive the National Council's Award of Excellence
in Service Innovation for its Programmatic Suicide Deterrent System.
"We are thrilled to accept this award from the National Council and
pleased to donate the $10,000 prize to the Suicide Prevention Resource
Center (SPRC)," said Richard Clarke, Ph.D., CEO of Magellan Health
Services of Arizona. "It is an honor to be recognized for this
innovative program and the collaborative effort between Magellan, the
Arizona Department of Health Services' Division of Behavioral Health
Services, our provider partners and the many community leaders who make
this initiative a success."
The Central Arizona Programmatic Suicide Deterrent System is a community
collaborative with public policy, law enforcement and mental health
leaders to change the culture of "don't ask, don't tell" that surrounds
suicide, empower provider agency staff and families with skills and
knowledge to intervene when a service recipient talks about suicide, and
create a framework to address this major public health problem.
In fiscal year 2007, the suicide death rate for those with serious
mental illness enrolled in the behavioral healthcare system in Maricopa
County was reported as 175 per 100,000. Since fiscal year 2009, this
rate has averaged 113 per 100,000 for those with serious mental illness
- a reduction of 42 percent - in the area Magellan serves (Maricopa
County, Ariz. and parts of Pinal County, Ariz.).
"Suicide is a preventable cause of death," said David Covington, vice
president of adult and child/youth services for Magellan Health Services
of Arizona. "At highest risk of suicide are those who face life
challenges because of mental illness. In particular, the rate of suicide
for individuals with a serious mental illness is six to 12 times higher
than the rate of the general population."
Five years ago, half of service providers who had the opportunity to
intervene when someone mentioned suicide did not - because they lacked
the training, skills and/or supports to do so. Today, through this
program, that number is down to just two percent."
The program used a train-the-trainer model and to date more than 2,400
people have received Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
(ASIST). The training has equipped participants with the skills and
knowledge to identify and intervene with those at risk of attempting
suicide and has given participants self-confidence in managing through
these tense situations.
In addition, for the approximately 1,300 people who are in Assertive
Community Treatment (ACT) programs, inpatient hospital rates have
declined 51 percent. This decrease can be attributed in part to trained
behavioral health professionals that now have significantly increased
confidence in engaging individuals at risk in direct conversations about
suicide instead of referring them to law enforcement and crisis
interventionists, who may be more likely to hospitalize.
For more information about the Programmatic Suicide Deterrent System,
The SPRC is the nation's only federally supported resource center
devoted to advancing the National
Strategy for Suicide Prevention. It provides technical
assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and
expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals
serving people at risk for suicide. It also promotes collaboration among
a variety of organizations that play a role in developing the field of
About Magellan Health Services of Arizona
Magellan Health Services of Arizona is the Regional Behavioral Health
Authority for central Arizona, which includes all of Maricopa County and
part of Pinal County. In this role, Magellan serves as a critical point
of connection to the more than 80,000 individuals who have experienced
life challenges as a result of mental illness and substance abuse.
Magellan gives these individuals voice and choice to realize their
desired outcomes and supports them with caring, unrivaled customer
service that is sensitive to the diversity of our communities. For more
information, visit www.MagellanofAZ.com
or call Magellan of Arizona at (800) 564-5465, TTY (800) 424-9831.
Information is available in English and Spanish.
About Magellan Health Services
Headquartered in Avon, Conn., Magellan Health Services Inc. is a leading
specialty health care management organization with expertise in managing
behavioral health, radiology and specialty pharmaceuticals, as well as
public sector pharmacy benefits programs. Magellan delivers innovative
solutions to improve quality outcomes and optimize the cost of care for
those we serve. Magellan's customers include health plans, employers and
government agencies. As of December 31, 2011, Magellan served
approximately 31.1 million members in our behavioral health business,
15.6 million members in our radiology benefits management segment, and 6
million members in our medical pharmacy management product. In addition,
the specialty pharmaceutical segment served 41 health plans and several
pharmaceutical manufacturers and state Medicaid programs. The company's
Medicaid Administration segment served 25 states and the District of
Columbia. For more information, visit www.MagellanHealth.com.
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