Shield of Care

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As part of the Tennessee Lives Count Juvenile Justice Project, TSPN joined forces with the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) to develop the Shield of Care ™, a best-practice youth suicide prevention curriculum specifically for staff within juvenile justice facilities.

It is important to note that prior to the delivery of this training, all correctional facilities, regardless of size, should have in place a reasonable and comprehensive suicide prevention policy that reflects the facility’s unique needs as well as current industry guidance, such as that prescribed by The National Center on Institutions and Alternatives. This training is solely intended as a supplement to your existing policies and procedures. It is in no way intended to serve as or replace those existing policies and procedures. Therefore, prior to making requests for the curriculum, please ensure such policies and procedures are in place.

More information about the curriculum, along with an overview of training materials, is available on the TDMHSAS website.

TSPN and TDMHSAS would like to thank everyone who assisted in the planning and development of this curriculum.

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health (TDMHSAS) is the author/owner of this material developed as part of the Tennessee Lives Count Juvenile Justice project funded via a grant (#2U79SM057400-04) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health (TDMHSAS) is the recipient of this grant made possible through the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act of 2004. The TLC/JJ project is collaboratively implemented with Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, the Centerstone Research Institute, and the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.