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and assessing mental illness, attorneys would not be
able to accurately assess the risk of self-harm faced
by their client-in other words, that the attorney
was not capable of assessing when intervention was
"necessary to prevent reasonably certain death or
substantial bodily harm." Mental health research
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as life-saving as CPR in cardiac cases. QPR is an
acronym for Question-Persuade-Refer. Dr. Kelly
Posner, a researcher with the Columbia Lighthouse
Project and the Center for Suicide Risk Assessment,
has developed an evidence-supported rating scale,
called the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale
(C-SSRS),26 which is a robust QPR tool suitable


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