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Organization: Dept of Health Services (DHS)
Publish Dates: 3/18/2024 through 4/18/2024
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Counseling on Access to Lethal Means for Rural Males aged 25 and Older- Request for Applications
This memo outlines a request for applications (RFA) from a rural-serving health system in Wisconsin (rurality classification can be found here). Applications in response to this RFA must be submitted online using this application survey. The deadline to apply for this funding opportunity is 11:59 p.m. on April 18, 2024. Questions related to this RFA must be submitted in writing to and may be submitted through April 11, 2024. This funding announcement, a courtesy copy of the application, and question/answer document can be found on the Public Notices website.

Do not include personally identifiable information (PII) or protected health information (PHI) in your responses.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Public Health (DPH) announces the availability of funds for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Comprehensive Suicide Prevention (CSP) Program. The aim of the CSP Program is to a) create a multi-sectoral partnership, b) use existing data to select disproportionately-affected populations (DAP) at risk for suicide death and self-harm injuries, c) create an inventory of existing suicide prevention programs and identify areas for growth to reach vulnerable populations, d) engage community resources to increase and expand strategies identified in the CDC Suicide Prevention Resource for Action toolkit, and e) develop and implement a communication plan to share results and improve coordination of providers and resources which serve the identified populations. Further, this project will ensure rigorous evaluation of selected strategies and the success of comprehensive suicide prevention while building sustainable infrastructure to reduce suicide mortality and morbidity through an effective public health approach.

Funding opportunity
The Wisconsin DHS, DPH seeks applicants for implementing CALM, brief counseling strategies designed to help clients at risk for suicide and their families reduce access to lethal means and increase safety. CALM is a supported strategy by the CDC’s CSP program as it promotes protective environments for people at risk of suicide and self-harm. The aim of this funding is to increase implementation, integration, and support sustainability of CALM practices in Wisconsin healthcare systems serving rural males ages 25 and older. Funding will go toward a rural-serving healthcare system with regional (multi-county) or statewide reach. The health system must be providing direct services in rural counties as designated by the WI Office of Rural Health map. Funds will be used to support staff training in CALM practices and support the implementation of CALM within multiple sites, in different counties in the selected agency’s healthcare system. Additionally, the selected organization is expected to integrate CALM practices into agency policy, practice, and procedure. Examples of successful integration could include, but are not limited to, embedding CALM into electronic medical record systems to ensure provider completion, incorporating into position descriptions for agency champions to oversee CALM long-term success and integrating CALM practices into agency policy. The awarded agency must also agree to use funds to participate in technical assistance calls, consultative calls, and a Community of Practice (CoP) provided by CALM America to support successful integration and implementation. Additionally, the awarded agency must agree to participate in advanced Train-the-Trainer workshops in future contract years should they be available. The awarded agency will also engage in a multi-sectoral partnership, led by Wisconsin DHS, designed to support comprehensive suicide prevention efforts throughout Wisconsin. Selected applicants will work closely with DHS staff and the contracted evaluation partner to ensure evaluation of implemented activities.

Funded agencies will help advance the following priorities:
• Ten percent reduction in self-harm among males aged 25+ living in rural Wisconsin
• Increase partnership and collaboration related to suicide prevention statewide
• Address shared risk and protective factors (i.e., factors increasing risk for suicide or preventing suicide)

Contact: Rebecca Gonnering --

An FAQ will be posted on:
Related Links:
Funding Application Survey Link
Map of Wisconsin’s rural counties
CALM Rural Men Application Courtesy Copy
Revision History:
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3/18/2024 1:06:07 PM Christina Hinkley Updated Notice Text and Courtesy Copy of Application
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