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Tri-County Mental Health Services Youth Suicide Prevention Specialist in Kansas City, Missouri

Youth Suicide Prevention Specialist


Title: Youth Suicide Prevention Specialist

ID: 4607

Department: Prevention

Salary Range: 31,000 - 36,000

Employment Status: Full-time


Position Summary

This position is responsible for developing and implementing a Youth Suicide Prevention program across Clay, Platte and Ray Counties in Missouri. The program will include direct suicide prevention education for both youth and adults, reducing risk factors related to youth suicide, and building community partnerships needed to provide a safety net for vulnerable youth. The position is responsible for project development, community mobilizing, grant/budget management, identifying and tracking outcomes/evaluations, and comprehensive reports, under oversight of the Manager of Prevention and Wellness.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist in the assessment of need, development, planning, implementing and evaluating of school, college, and community-based suicide prevention programs.

  • Build collaborative relationships that work to reduce risk factors related to youth suicide and to foster the resources needed to access related services.

  • Responsible for administrative details (i.e. deliverables, fiscal, reporting, etc.) of Missouri’s SAMHSA Show Me ZeroYouth Suicide prevention initiative.

  • Develop & present workshops/trainings on depression, suicide and self-harm, as well as resiliency programs that reduce the prevalence of these behaviors, as requested (i.e.-classroom, college campus’, civic, parenting groups, other youth serving organzations, etc.).

  • Assist in coordination, training and technical assistance to implement evidence-based suicide prevention programs/strategies (i.e. Signs of Suicide, Trauma Informed Care, etc.), to include classroom (MS and HS)/college presentations and staff/parent workshops.

  • Coordinate with other TCMHS prevention programs (i.e. Youth With Vision, Girl Power, Northland Youth Leadership Summit and community-school prevention coalitions) to infuse youth programs related to preventing depression, suicide and self-harm, and increasing protective factors serving to reduce those behaviors.

  • Coordinate assessment/referral plans with the Youth Behavioral Health Liaison.

  • Coordinate with other prevention staff to assist in coalition/school prevention programs that focus on youth suicide risk/protective factors (i.e. Live Your Life Week, social marketing campaigns).

  • Model prevention professional ethics to include role modeling healthy choices (i.e. non-smoker, responsible alcohol consumption and no use of illegal drugs).

  • Other duties and/or responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

Education: Bachelor’s degree in social work, education, social sciences, or a related field

Certification: Missouri Substance Abuse Prevention Associate certification (or obtain within 9 months of employment).

Valid Driver’s License and minimum state required auto insurance

CPR and First Aid Certification

Experience One year of Prevention-related experience and/or grant management in a similar field.

Knowledge Knowledge of education and the techniques used in youth prevention, preferably with an emphasis in suicide prevention.

Skills Advanced communication/presentation skills; strong attention to detail, proficient in

designing and creating attractive promotional materials for programs.

Competency of social networking mediums used to connect with teens (i.e.: Facebook,

Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr). Website content development and management).

Additional Requirements : The ability to travel locally overnight as needed for projects/training.

The ability to work a flexible schedule which may include some early morning and/or evening hours and occasional Saturdays, as needed per specials requests.