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Sacramento Region Behavioral Health Task Force Holds Discussion on Suicide Prevention Screening Tools

Parties Involved

Hospital Council and leaders of general acute care hospitals, stand-alone psychiatric hospitals, county behavioral health departments, and non-hospital outpatient behavioral health programs


The task force held a discussion on what suicide prevention screening tools are being used by entities that operate behavioral health facilities to share across the board. It also reviewed adolescent emergency room encounter trends that included ages 6-17, gender, diagnosis, length of stay, ZIP code, health care coverage, and payer insurance.

Takeaway/Next Steps

A suicide prevention screening workgroup was established to conduct a deeper conversation around workflow, full assessments, reassessments, and trainings to establish community standards of care. A separate workgroup was established to explore the creation of a regional crisis residential program for adolescents.