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(S.D.)-VA BHHCS Welcomes New Suicide Prevention Coordinator

By: Jeremy Anderson Posted at: 02/14/2013 11:29 AM

(Hot Springs)-VA Black Hills Health Care System is pleased to announce the appointment of Joanne Barreno as the new Suicide Prevention Coordinator .

Joanne will work to ensure appropriate measures are taken to prevent suicide in the VA BHHCS Veteran population. She will facilitate suicide prevention strategies through education, monitoring and coordination of activities. Joanne will assess Veterans for high risk suicide, track appointments and coordinate enhanced care as needed. As SPC, she will ensure Veterans identified as high risk for suicide are monitored and maintain communication through phone calls and mailings. Joanne will work in collaboration with VA Veterans Crisis Line staff and others to provide confidential support and referral for Veterans in crisis. She will also provide educational resources to medical providers, Veterans, family members and community members about risk factors and warning signs for suicide.

Joanne came to work at VA BHHCS in 2008 after transferring from the Vet Center Outstation in Martin, SD. She has been a social worker for various programs at the Hot Springs VA Medical Center and the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Pierre. Joanne also provided outpatient mental health services to Eagle Butte, McLaughlin, Rosebud and Winner VA clinics while stationed at Pierre. She completed her Master of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York and Bachelor of Social Work at Buffalo State College.


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