September 29, 2022

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Suicide Prevention: DOD Should Enhance Oversight, Staffing, Guidance, and Training Affecting Certain Remote Installations

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Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, in collaboration with the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, establishes a process to assess risk factors for suicide and related challenges associated with OCONUS installations that could be considered remote and take any appropriate actions. (Recommendation 1)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should establish a policy that requires the designation of Directors of Psychological Health at Navy and Marine Corps installations and provides implementing guidance for these personnel, in accordance with DOD policy. (Recommendation 2)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should establish oversight mechanisms, such as by updating the content of the program status report and clarifying the requirement for its submission, to ensure that installation-level suicide prevention program requirements are implemented in accordance with DOD and service policies. (Recommendation 3)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should establish oversight mechanisms, such as by specifying oversight requirements in policy, to ensure that command-level suicide prevention program requirements are implemented in accordance with DOD and service policies. (Recommendation 4)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should ensure that the Commandant of the Marine Corps establishes oversight mechanisms, such as by specifying oversight requirements in policy, to ensure that command-level suicide prevention program requirements are implemented in accordance with DOD and service policies. (Recommendation 5)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Director, DHA, develops a strategy to address shortages in primary care behavioral health providers, including at OCONUS installations that could be considered remote. (Recommendation 6)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, in collaboration with DSPO, establishes guidance, such as by updating the department’s suicide prevention policy, to address commanders’ response to suicide attempts, including the extent of any responsibilities related to reintegration of servicemembers into the workplace following a suicide attempt. (Recommendation 7)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, in collaboration with DSPO, establishes training resources for commanders that address their response to suicide deaths and attempts. (Recommendation 8)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should develop, and ensure the availability of, training for suicide prevention program managers that covers the scope of their responsibilities, including those related to responding to suicide deaths and attempts. (Recommendation 9)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Air Force The Secretary of the Air Force should develop, and ensure the availability of, training for suicide prevention program managers that covers the scope of their responsibilities, including those related to responding to suicide deaths and attempts. (Recommendation 10)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Army The Secretary of the Army should develop a process to ensure that installation suicide prevention program managers complete required training. (Recommendation 11)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should develop a process to ensure that command suicide prevention program managers complete required training. (Recommendation 12)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Air Force The Secretary of the Air Force should develop a process to ensure that installation suicide prevention program managers complete required training. (Recommendation 13)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of the Navy The Secretary of the Navy should ensure that the Commandant of the Marine Corps develops a process to ensure that command suicide prevention program managers complete required training. (Recommendation 14)

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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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