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Transition | Implementation Tools Best Practices in Care Transitions for Individuals with Suicide Risk: Inpatient Care to Outpatient Care

To help close these gaps that put individuals at increased risk for suicide after a psychiatric hospitalization, the Action Alliance (Care Transitions Advisory Group) developed Best Practices in Care Transitions for Individuals with Suicide Risk: Inpatient Care to Outpatient Care. Released in 2019, with the support of Universal Health Systems (UHS) Behavioral Health Services, the report describes evidence-based practices for improving clinical care and outcomes for people with a history of suicide risk during the critical period of transition from inpatient to outpatient care.

The Best Practices in Care Transitions report:

  • Discusses the transition from behavioral health hospitalization to outpatient care as a unique phase in care.
  • Presents evidence-based practices that have been shown to improve safety and continuity of care for patients during this transition.
  • Provides recommendations specific to both inpatient and outpatient organizations and providers.

To facilitate the adoption of the report's findings, the Action Alliance also developed the following:

  • Two-page executive summary, which provides an overview of the Best Practices in Care Transitions.
  • A care transitions video, which highlights the importance of implementing best practices during this critical period of transition for individuals with suicide risk and a few strategies that inpatient and outpatient settings can adopt.
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SPRC and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention are able to make this web site available thanks to support from Universal Health Services (UHS), the Zero Suicide Institute at EDC, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (grant 1 U79 SM0559945).

No official endorsement by SAMHSA, DHHS, or UHS for the information on this web site is intended or should be inferred.