Sent: Friday, March 22, 2019 5:05 PM
Subject: SSVF Program Update Monday, December 10, 2018
1. Register Now: SSVF National Webinar December 13th at 2:00 EST
2. Important: Mandatory Return Exception for 1st Quarter FY 2019
3. Update: SSVF Program Guide Updated December 2018
Register Now: SSVF National Webinar December 13th at 2:00 EST
Please register for SSVF Webinar Series-Suicide Prevention 101: The Essentials of Veteran Suicide Prevention & SSVF New Annual Training Requirements on Dec 13, 2018 2:00 PM EST at:
Staff from the VA’s Office of Mental Health & Suicide Prevention will present an overview of S.A.V.E training, a nationally recognized best practice method for Veteran suicide prevention. Participants will learn the steps of S.A.V.E. and receive instructions on what resources to connect to when identifying a Veteran who is at risk of suicide. New SSVF Program Office requirements asking all SSVF grantee agency staff receive in-person S.A.V.E training will be discussed, including how to identify and connect with local VA Suicide Prevention Coordinators to request further training.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Important: Mandatory Return Exception for 1st Quarter FY 2019
Due to the first quarter FY 2019 implementation of an 8.17% increase to most SSVF grants, the Program Office will NOT be implementing the mandatory return process after the first quarter. As a reminder, the process requires grantees to have drawn down at least 15% of the full award by the end of the first quarter, if that standard is not met then a mandatory return is processed. The same process is adhered to after the 2nd and 3rd quarters with draw down minimums of 40% and 65% respectively. Please note that as of right now, the mandatory return process WILL be in effect after the second and third quarters of FY 2019. If you have any additional questions, please direct them to your Regional Coordinator.
Update: SSVF Program Guide Updated December 2018
The SSVF Program Guide has been updated as of December 1, 2018. The main changes are provided in the attached summary, and in Exhibit H of the document. It is highly recommended that grantees review the complete guide and share with SSVF staff. The new Program Guide is available on the SSVF website:
SSVF Program Office