About RYIS

The Regional Youth Intervention Specialist (RYIS) program works as part of the over-arching West Virginia Adolescent Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (ASPEN) program in an effort to reduce the rate of youth suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and suicide deaths in West Virginia. The RYIS will assist in implementing a collaborative and coordinated statewide prevention and intervention effort across the existing public and private service delivery system.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To increase the implementation of suicide prevention evidence-based practices
  • To improve identification, referral, and engagement interventions for youth and transitioning youth aged 10-24
  • To increase the number of youth and youth-serving agencies that implement screening and gatekeeping programs
  • To build the capacity of organizations serving vulnerable sub-populations to effectively deliver coordinated care
  • To provide follow-up services to attempt survivors and their families

RYIS Specialists by County


RYIS Specialists Contact Information

Region 1: Melanie McFadden
304-218-2813  |  mmcfadden@ysswv.com

Region 2: Robbie Glover
304-538-2303 ext. 226  |  robbieg@potomachighlandsguild.com

Region 3: Tracy Tynan
304-485-1721 ext. 179  |  ttynan@westbrookhealth.com

Region 4: Tim Craig
304-623-5661  |  tcraig@uscwv.org

Region 5: Mark Mason
304-415-8872  |  mark.mason@prestera.org

Region 6: Andrea Washington
304-256-7139  |  awashington@fmrs.org

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Follow-Up Services

One of the essential functions of the Regional Youth Intervention Specialist (RYIS) program will be to provide follow-up and continuity of care to suicide attempt survivors and their families.

The need for follow-up services:

  • In 2012, 2.5 million people made a suicide attempt.
  • There is often a lag between discharge and availability of outpatient care.
  • After hospital/ED discharge there is a heightened suicide risk.

Criteria for follow-up services:

  • Individuals between the ages of 10 and 24.
  • Individuals who have attempted suicide within the last 6 months.
  • Individuals who have recently been hospitalized for a suicide attempt.

How to make a referral:

To refer someone or yourself for follow-up, please call the RYIS in your region or call 304-296-1731 ext. 4197.