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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Detecting and Preventing Suicide Behavior, Ideation and Self-Harm in Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System (R01)

Deadline: February 5, 2018

This initiative supports research to test the effectiveness of combined strategies to both detect and intervene to reduce the risk of suicide behavior, suicide ideation, and non-suicidal self-harm (NSSI) by youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. Opportunities for detection and prevention start at early points of contact (e.g., police interaction, the intake interview) and continue through many juvenile justice settings (e.g., pre-trial detention, juvenile or family court activities, court disposition, placement and on-going care in either residential or multiple community settings). Funding targets intervention strategies that are designed to be delivered in typical service settings using typically available personnel and resources, to enhance the implementation of interventions that prove effective, enhance their future uptake in diverse settings, and thereby reduce risk of suicide and self-harm in this population.

The purpose of the initiative is to support research that develops and tests broadly implementable service system interventions to rapidly identify and effectively respond, so as to reduce suicidal behavior, suicidal ideation, and non-suicidal self-harm in justice-involved youth. Specifically, the goals are to: 1) develop a service system intervention that coordinates risk identification, evaluation, and linkage to needed treatment and services for justice-involved youth; 2) test the feasibility and effectiveness of the intervention in detecting and responding to vulnerable youth at and across various points within juvenile justice and relevant community settings; and 3) demonstrate the intervention’s implementation and potential for future uptake in diverse settings across the U.S.

The ultimate goal of the initiative is to develop and test the effectiveness of empirically based, integrated, and scalable strategies for detecting and preventing suicidal behavior, suicidal ideation, and non-suicidal self-harm among justice-involved youth. It focuses on systems interventions to improve outcomes for youth and is not intended to support the development of new screening tools or assessment instruments.

This solicitation is published in parallel to a companion R34 solicitation (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-298.html), which supports pilot studies in preparation for the larger-scale R01 studies.

Amount: A total of $1,300,000 is available for this competition and the companion R34 announcement to fund four awards in this R01 initiative. Awards range up to $500,000 and have a project period of up to five years.

Eligibility: Higher education institutions; nonprofit organizations; for-profit organizations; governments; and other, including independent school districts, public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations, faith-based or community-based organizations, and regional organizations.

Link: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-299.html#_Section_II._Award_1

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