North Dakota’s First Lady Betsy Dalrymple selected Becky Lamboley, North Dakota University System director of student affairs, as a member of the state’s delegation attending the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Suicide Prevention Implementation Academy Sept. 15-17. SAMHSA sought out ND Cares, a statewide coalition dedicated to strengthening an accessible, seamless system of support for service members, veterans, families and survivors in North Dakota which the First Lady chairs. In turn, First Lady Dalrymple invited key players in substance abuse prevention and mental health services to participate on behalf of the organization.
This SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Implementation Academy will engage subject matter experts to work with the teams from 13 states and territories to focus on creating a coordinated, comprehensive suicide prevention strategy. The delegations will work intensively to integrate existing efforts, determine optimal ways to implement evidence-based and best practices, define success indicators and expand their teams’ strategic plan.
While the academy is held onsite in Bethesda, Maryland for only two and half days, the work begins before the delegation arrives and continues long after. The process begins with a one-hour orientation call followed by a two- to three-hour web-based prep session for the delegation. Then after the onsite, intensive work session, SAMHSA continues to offer individualized follow-up and technical assistance as the group puts their plans into action.
Lamboley will be accompanied by Senator Dick Dever, Micki Savelkoul, Cathy Peterson, Sherry Adams and Jody Goodell-Llange.