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NCHATS Webinar: Considerations for Implementing Caring Contact Letters for Reducing Suicide Risk and Re-engaging Patients in Care Post-Jail Release

Updated: 5 hours ago

Caring Contacts is an evidence-based approach that has effectively and cost-effectively reduced suicide deaths, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation in emergency department (ED), inpatient, and veteran populations. The webinar addressed background and foundational information on what caring contacts are and how they have been used. Presenters discussed how we have implemented caring contacts with individuals involved in criminal-legal systems at scale in partnership with mailings from CareSource, a managed care organization.


  • Sarah Arias, PhD, Research Psychologist in the Psychosocial Research Program at Butler Hospital, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, Lead PI on an NCHATS exploratory project

  • Kimberly Sperber, PhD, Research and Development specialist within Complex Health Solutions at CareSource, Co-Investigator on NCHATS exploratory project with Dr. Arias

  • Lauren Weinstock, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, MPI for NCHATS


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