Joint Commission Proposed NPSG Revision for Behavioral Health - Reducing Risk of Suicide

PUBLISHED: Mar 29, 2018
Relevant to: Behavioral Health

The Joint Commission (TJC) is proposing changes to their current National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) for Behavioral Health Care organizations that addresses identification of individuals at risk for suicide. The proposed changes include some of the same revisions proposed for hospitals (See StayAlert! Notice published on March 26, 2018) and also proposes that behavioral health care organizations:

  • Have and adhere to written policies and procedures addressing the care of individuals served who are identified as at risk for suicide. Policies should, at a minimum, include:
    • Training and competence assessment of staff
    • Guidelines for reassessment
    • Monitoring individuals served who are at high risk for suicide
  • Have and adhere to written policies and procedures for counseling/follow-up care at discharge for identified as at risk for suicide.
  • Routinely review the implementation and effectiveness of policies and procedures for screening, assessment, and management of individuals served at risk for suicide and take action as needed to improve compliance.

Follow the link below to review the proposed revisions and comment submission instructions. Comments will be accepted through May 7, 2018.

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