Crisis Intervention Strategies to Decrease the Risk of Suicidal Behavior in Nursing Facility Residents

July 16, 2024

2 - 3 p.m. ET


The Safety Planning Intervention (SPI) ( is now widely recognized as a gold-standard, innovative suicide prevention intervention. First developed for the Veterans Administration, it has been implemented in many systems across the US and abroad with tremendous benefit. The purpose of the SPI is to provide people who have experienced a suicidal crisis with a specific set of coping strategies and resources to decrease the risk of suicidal behavior. This workshop will review the development of the SPI and its administration.

Learning objectives:

  1. Explain the rationale for implementing the Safety Planning Intervention.
  2. Describe how utilizing a systemic best practice intervention, results in improved client outcomes, which ultimately saves lives.
  3. Learn the steps to completing the Safety Planning Intervention with clients.


Adam Lesser, LCSW

Licensed clinical social worker and assistant professor of clinical psychiatric social work

Columbia University and the Columbia Lighthouse Project


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.