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APA provides comments on VA suicide prevention grant program

VA sought recommendations on how to implement the Staff Sergeant Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program, which aims to reduce suicide among veterans and their families.

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American Psychological Association. (2021, April 27). APA provides comments on VA suicide prevention grant program. https://www.apaservices.org/advocacy/news/suicide-prevention-grant-program

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) solicited recommendations on how to implement the Staff Sergeant Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program (SSG Fox SPGP), which was created through the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act. The SSG Fox SPGP aims to reduce suicide among veterans and their families through wrap-around, nonclinical suicide prevention support services. 

APA submitted recommendations for how VA should implement the program (PDF, 419KB), including ensuring that grant recipients have a strong history of providing services to veterans as well as evidence-based and evidence-informed suicide prevention services. One of the most critical areas of focus for suicide prevention is lethal means safety; requiring grant recipients are trained in firearm suicide prevention and safe storage counseling was a key recommendation made to the department. APA noted in the recommendations: “In all areas where applicants intend to provide services, it is vital that those services are high-quality, culturally and linguistically relevant, and physically accessible.” Additionally, these services should not duplicate the work that VA is already doing to prevent veteran suicide. 

The SSG Fox SPGP is a multi-year grant program that is expected to provide millions of dollars in funding to organizations focusing on preventing suicide among veterans. More information about how this program will be administered is expected in the coming months. 

For more information, contact Sophie Friedl.