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If you are a Veteran, patient or concerned family/friend in need of suicide prevention assistance, please call:

Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 Press #1

We Support Providers Who Serve Veterans

Despite growing awareness and efforts to prevent suicide, there remains an alarming rate of Veterans dying by suicide. Caring for Veterans at risk of suicide can be a new experience for some providers. SRM helps providers by offering consultation, support, and suicide prevention resources that promote therapeutic best practices. Providers can serve Veterans better when they have access to the right resources and feel confident in their treatment decisions. Veterans receive care in VA and the community, so it is crucial to offer consultation and support to all providers.

The Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program (SRM) provides free consultation, support, and resources that promote therapeutic best practices for providers working with Veterans at risk for suicide.

SRM experts work with providers with a range of knowledge about suicide risk management. They provide tailored support on a case-by-case basis that is anchored in up-to-date research, best practices, and clinical experience. Some of these topics can include: Risk assessment, conceptualization of suicide risk, lethal means safety counseling, strategies for how to engage Veterans at high risk, best practices for documentation and provider support after a suicide loss (postvention).

Through SRM, providers have a safe space to share and address concerns, ask questions, and receive validation around the complex scenarios related to Veteran suicide prevention. Request a consult.

Mission

The mission of SRM is to provide consultation to all providers who serve Veterans, to enhance knowledge and confidence, and provide emotional support with the aim of optimizing care for all suicidal Veterans.

Program Staff

The SRM consultants hold years of experience with Veteran suicide prevention. SRM experts facilitate novel problem solving for unique and challenging treatment scenarios. Learn more about the program staff who are ready to support you — as you support Veterans.

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Bridget B. Matarazzo PysD
Co-Director and Consultant

Dr. Matarazzo is a licensed Psychologist and specializes in developing and evaluating suicide risk assessment and management best practices. Dr. Matarazzo's research and clinical interests include suicide prevention interventions aimed at supporting patients as they navigate through transitions in care.

Read full biography at MIRECC

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Hal S. Wortzel MD
Co-Director and Consultant

Dr. Wortzel is a licensed Physician board certified in General Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry and certified in Neuropsychiatry. Dr. Wortzel's clinical focus is the neuropsychiatry of trauma and its sequelae, including aggression and self-directed violence.

Read full biography at MIRECC

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Sarra Nazem Ph.D.
Consultant

Dr. Nazem is a licensed Psychologist, specializing in suicide postvention and geropsychology consultation. Dr. Nazem's clinical and research interests include suicide risk assessment and management, behavioral assessment of suicide, acquired capability of suicide, and sleep (i.e., insomnia, nightmares).

Read full biography at MIRECC

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Georgia Gerard LCSW
Consultant and Program Support Specialist

Ms. Gerard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and provides consultation and administrative support for the program. Her clinical interests include serving as a clinician for research studies focusing on Veterans at risk for suicide and providing assessment services to Veterans at risk for suicide.

Read full biography at MIRECC

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Kaily Cannizzaro PsyD
Consultant

Dr. Cannizzaro is a licensed Psychologist and a prior Suicide Prevention Coordinator. Dr. Cannizzaro's clinical interests include working with Veterans who are survivors of complex trauma and PTSD, suicide assessment and risk management, and program development, implementation, and evaluation.

Read full biography at MIRECC

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Peter M. Gutierrez Ph.D.
Consultant

Dr. Gutierrez is a licensed Psychologist, specializing in assessment of near-term risk for suicide and suicide-specific interventions. Dr. Gutierrez's research interest includes downstream suicide prevention efforts, including developing and validating suicide-specific interventions for Active Duty military and Veterans.

Read full biography at MIRECC

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Suzanne McGarity Ph.D.
Consultant

Dr. McGarity is a licensed Psychologist, specializing in providing evidence-based, cognitive behavioral treatment for Veterans with chronic pain conditions, PTSD and cognitive sequelae of TBI. Dr. McGarity's research interests include community reintegration after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the Veteran population and the role of resilience during transition for military to civilian life.

Read full biography at MIRECC

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Megan Harvey Ph.D.
Program Evaluator

Dr. Harvey is a licensed Psychologist and a prior Local Evidence-Based Practice and Local Recovery Coordinator. She is the program evaluator for the program. Her interests include participatory program evaluation that informs programmatic evolution, implementation of systems change and safety planning.

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W. Cole Lawson B.A.
Program Support Specialist

Mr. Lawson is a program support specialist at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC where he provides administrative, clinical, and research assistance. His research interests include sociocultural factors that serve as barriers to help-seeking, cognition and emotion during suicidal crises, and the intersection of firearms and suicide.