Participation and Session Details

Why Join

This QI collaborative will provide an opportunity for ED-based teams to collaborate with other diverse teams across the country. Participants will have access to evidenced-based best practices, collaborative educational sessions, resources, coaching by pediatric mental health experts, and networking opportunities to improve the care of children and adolescents in their community – at no cost. Continuing education credits are offered.

Who Should Participate

The QI collaborative is open to teams of healthcare professionals interested in working together to improve care processes for children and adolescents presenting with acute suicidality. Each ED site team should include at least two individuals affiliated with the same institution.

ED site teams are encouraged to promote participation in the collaborative across their hospital system and/or amongst neighboring EDs. Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) State Partnership program representatives are welcome to participate in the collaborative to learn, support, and help identify resources to guide local and regional efforts.


The initial phase of the collaborative will consist of monthly, one-hour deep-dive sessions that will focus on QI strategies as well as evidence-based clinical considerations (screening, assessment, interventions, and discharge/follow-up). Teams should plan to have at least one member regularly attend these learning sessions to exchange ideas, challenges, and successes. Teams will also have the opportunity for regular check-ins and support as well as fireside chats with experts.

ED STOP Suicide QI Collaborative Schedule – All Sessions 12pm to 1:30 pm CT

February 2, 2023 Collaborative Session #1
March 2, 2023 Collaborative Session #2
April 6, 2023 Collaborative Session #3
May 4, 2023 Collaborative Session #4
June 1, 2023 Collaborative Session #5
July 6, 2023 Optional: Office Hours/Work on Improvement Project
August 24, 2023 Optional Office Hours/Work on Improvement Project
September 7, 2023 Collaborative Session #6
October 5, 2023 Collaborative Session #7
November 2, 2023 Collaborative Session #8

Quality Improvement Project

After performing a brief needs assessment, teams will be offered the opportunity to implement a basic QI project focused on one or more specific components of the care process: screening, mental health assessment, ED-based interventions, discharge and disposition, or community linkages. Educational materials referred to as improvement bundles will be provided for each of these care processes to help guide teams.

Teams will be asked to present their progress and discuss challenges with fellow participants during the selected monthly learning sessions. In addition, each ED site team will be asked to complete a brief monthly progress report form.

Time Commitment

Participants should plan to attend a one-hour virtual learning session each month. Sessions will be recorded for participants who cannot make the live events. Participants can estimate one additional hour per week for meeting with their internal ED site team, selecting an improvement idea, testing the change, and reflecting on progress.

The total time commitment may range from 2 to 6 hours per month, depending on the time the ED site team members want to contribute to the improvement efforts.


Continuing nursing education (CNE) and Maintenance of Certification Part 4 (MOC Part 4) credit hours and education credits for social workers are available: live attendance at the learning sessions and completion of a post-session evaluation are required for individual credit.

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