The bill establishes the Colorado zero suicide model (Colorado model) within the office of suicide prevention (office) in the department of public health and environment (department). The goal and purpose of the Colorado model is to reduce suicide rates and numbers in Colorado through system-level training and strategies for health care systems, including mental and behavioral health systems; physical and mental health clinics in educational institutions; and primary care providers, including pediatricians.
The Colorado model, together with the office of suicide prevention, the office of behavioral health, the department, and the department of health care policy and financing, is encouraged to promote coordination of existing data across health systems.
Health care and mental and behavioral health systems and organizations throughout the state, including hospitals, state crisis services and regional health systems, community mental health centers, community health systems, health management organizations, and behavioral health organizations, including substance abuse treatment organizations, are encouraged to adopt the 7 core tenets of the national zero suicide model.
The office and the department are encouraged to collaborate with relevant entities to coordinate existing data to help gain a more complete understanding of suicide and how to prevent it and to identify groups at the greatest risk. The office shall include a summary of the activities of the Colorado model in the report submitted annually to the general assembly.