Joint Commission Addresses Suicide Risk Recommendations

PUBLISHED: Jul 13, 2018
Relevant to: Behavioral Health, Critical Access Hospitals, Hospitals

The Joint Commission (TJC) has released a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to their Suicide Risk Recommendations, which have been published in Joint Commission Online as well as The Joint Commission Perspectives. The recommendations are currently under review by a Joint Commission-convened expert panel for inclusion in the National Patient Safety Goal addressing suicide prevention (NPSG 15.01.01). According to TJC, before any new requirements are added they will undergo a field review.

In the meantime, to address questions about the Suicide Risk Recommendations, TJC has published several Standards FAQs. The FAQs clarify that the recommendations are intended for patients being “…evaluated or treated for behavioral health conditions as their primary reason for care must be screened for suicide risk.”

There are several FAQs wtth answers for each of the following areas:

  • Inpatient Psychiatric Units
  • Emergency Departments
  • Miscellaneous/Other

Included with today’s notice are example policies related to requirements outlined TJC NPSG 15.01.01. StayAlert! is monitoring this topic and will publish additional information once it is available.

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