Dr. Christine Stein recently joined the Arizona Project AWARE team as Co-Coordinator and is a Suicide Prevention Specialist with AHCCCS. Christine has a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in social policy. She brings considerable experience planning, implementing, and evaluating health and wellness programs and services, as well as working with schools, tribal communities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.
Christine is welcomed to the team by other Project AWARE staff at both the Department of Education and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. The AWARE grant is managed through a partnership between the two state agencies. For more information about Project AWARE, visit: http://www.azed.gov/shs/projectaware/
On August 21, 2019, over 150 attendees participated in the CSTAG training presented by Dewey Cornell of Virginia Tech who developed the guidelines. School staff from 23 districts from across Arizona were present for the 6.5 hour training, The comprehensive school threat assessment guidelines were initially released in 2006 and became an evidence-based practice widely shared throughout the U.S. and Canada since 2013. In the one-day workshop, Dr. Cornell presented the rationale for a threat assessment, how to conduct a threat assessment, who is involved in a threat assessment team, and provided case studies and research to demonstrate the effective of the program. For more information about CSTAG, click HERE.
From August 22-23, 2019, a group of twenty-seven selected individuals from around the state attended a ‘training of trainers’ workshop under the guidance of Dr. Cornell. In the two-day span, the members received in-depth training of the materials presented on Monday, and a chance to discuss any components of the guidelines with Dr. Cornell. The trainers will soon be disseminating the CSTAG training to schools throughout Arizona. A website is currently being constructed so that schools may collaborate with a trainer to bring the CSTAG training to their district. Check out: http://www.azed.gov/shs/schoolthreatassessment/ to stay up to date.
AZCSTAG Cadre Training, August 2019
On August 19th, more than 100 stakeholders from Arizona gathered at the Arizona Health Department to discuss the suicide prevention strategies. The audience was welcomed by Governor Ducey, who reiterated his office’s support for coordination between state agencies and community partners in reducing Arizona’s suicide rate.
Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, reviewed state data and reported some 1500 Arizonans died of suicide in 2018.
Participants were asked to join one of six priority population subgroups. Within these groups, ideas were recorded on who else to involve and other resources available.
The Arizona State Plan to End Suicide, along with other identified state resources, are available here.