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AtlantiCare to Expand Suicide Prevention Services, Partners With AVANZAR

Grant funds will address suicide risk among the general population with a focus on enhancing services for victims of domestic violence and their dependents.

AtlantiCare is expanding its programs and services aimed at preventing suicide attempts and deaths by suicide. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded AtlantiCare Behavioral Health (ABH) a 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Response for Suicide Prevention grant.

ABH will use the $800,000 in funds to expand evidence-based practices in screening, assessment of suicide risk.

According to SAMHSA, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the nation. “We anticipate the COVID-19 crisis will contribute to the growth in the number of individuals and families needing urgent care to address mental health needs, including suicidality,” said Brian Isaacson, MD, MBA, FAPA, FAACAP, associate chairman, Department of Psychiatry, AtlantiCare. “We know so many in our community are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, isolation, uncertainty and many other challenges. There is hope and there is help.”

ABH will use the grant funds to address suicide risk among the general population. It will focus on enhancing services for victims of domestic violence and their dependents.

ABH will provide suicide prevention training to staff of its community partner, AVANZAR. According to SAMSHA, under normal circumstances, domestic violence can lead to situations of increased stress, anxiety, depression and trauma. “These are all contributing factors to risk for suicide,” said Isaacson.

Those in an emergency mental health situation should call 609-344-1118; the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255; or 911.

For more information about ABH program and services, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000 or visit AtlantiCare’s website.

About AtlantiCare:

AtlantiCare is an integrated healthcare system based in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, whose more than 6,000 staff, providers and volunteers serve the community in more than 100 locations in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Ocean counties of southern New Jersey.

Its vision of building healthy communities together drives its mission of making a difference in health and healing, one person at a time, through caring and trusting relationships.

A Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work. AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center was the 105th hospital in the nation to attain the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet™ designation in 2004 and earned redesignation in 2008, 2013, in 2018. Learn more at or 1-888-569-1000.