Building A Better Suicide Risk Assessment: The Nuts and Bolts of the Columbia Protocol C-SSRS

June 12, 2024

2 - 3 pm ET


Attendees can participate at any time in the series.

Utilize the Columbia Protocol also known as the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) to learn how to utilize the six simple questions to identify whether a resident is at risk for suicide. The responses will help to assess the severity and immediacy of that risk and determine the level of support needed.

Learning objectives:

Participants will learn to ask:

  1. Whether a resident has thoughts about suicide (ideation).
  2. What actions a resident have taken to prepare for suicide.
  3. Whether a resident attempted suicide or began a suicide attempt that was either interrupted by another person or stopped of their own volition.


Adam Lesser, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work and Deputy Director

Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University School of Social Work, the Columbia Lighthouse Project at the New York State Psychiatric Institute

the center of excellence for behavioral health in nursing facilities (COE-NF)

Established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the COE-NF offers Certified Medicare and Medicaid Nursing Facility Staff a centralized resource hub with easy access to trainings, technical assistance and additional resources, at no cost.

What We Do

We help nursing facilities to improve the quality of life and care provided for residents who are experiencing a variety of behavioral health disorders, with a focus on Serious Mental Illness (SMI), Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorders (COD).

Who We Help

We provide direct technical assistance, evidence-based training, and resources that are appropriate for every member of your long-term care facility — from those providing day-to-day direct care, to clinical and administrative staff.