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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.
  • An infographic to illustrate key points.