Pilot Studies to Detect and Prevent Suicide Behavior, Ideation and Self-Harm in Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System (R34 Clinical Trial Required)

Funder: National Institutes of Health

Due Date: 9/7/2019

Budget: Negotiable

Opportunity: PAR-18-228


This initiative supports research to test the effectiveness of combined strategies to both detect and intervene to reduce the risk of suicide behavior, suicide ideation, and non-suicidal self-harm (NSSI) by youth in contact with the juvenile justice system.  Opportunities for detection and prevention start at early points of contact (e.g., police interaction, the intake interview) and continue through many juvenile justice settings (e.g., pre-trial detention, juvenile or family court activities, court disposition, placement and on-going care in either residential or multiple community settings.)  This FOA invites intervention strategies that are designed to be delivered in typical service settings using typically available personnel and resources, to enhance the implementation of interventions that prove effective, enhance their future uptake in diverse settings, and thereby reduce risk of suicide and self-harm in this population.

The purpose of this FOA is to provide resources for evaluating the feasibility, tolerability, acceptability and safety of novel approaches to improving outcomes, modifying health risk behavior, and for obtaining the preliminary data needed as a pre-requisite to a larger-scale (efficacy or effectiveness) services study.  This FOA is published in parallel to a companion FOA also targeting detection and intervention to reduce suicidality in youth in contact with the juvenile justice system, PAR-16-299 ,which uses the R01 funding mechanism.

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