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Group Releases Suicide Risk Prevention Best Practice Recommendations


  • Hospital Council
  • Leaders of general acute care hospitals
  • Stand-alone psychiatric hospitals
  • County behavioral health departments


A review of adolescent emergency room encounter trends led to a conversation about the suicide prevention screening tools being used by entities that operate behavioral health facilities.   

Takeaway/Next Steps

A suicide risk prevention screening workgroup was established to conduct a deeper conversation around workflow, full assessments, reassessments, and trainings to establish standard methods confirmed as best practices. This group of experts developed best practice recommendations on The Joint Commission Standards 15.01.01. This three-page document provides a best course of action to national patient safety goals and elements of performance requirements for suicide screening and assessment.