How Organizations Use CAMS

CAMS suicide prevention framework works for patients and clinicians in a range of settings


CAMS is not a new psychotherapy. It is a flexible therapeutic framework that is guided by a multi-purpose clinical tool called the “Suicide Status Form” (SSF) which guides the patient’s treatment including:

  1. suicide-specific assessment,
  2. suicide-specific treatment planning,
  3. tracking of on-going risk, and
  4. clinical outcomes and dispositions.

CAMS has been primarily used with suicidal adults, but there is increasing use with suicidal adolescents and even children as young as 5 years old. CAMS has been successfully used with patients across clinical diagnoses, including certain patients with psychotic disorders.

CAMS was initially developed in an outpatient setting, but its efficacy in assessing and treating suicidal risk has become recognized as a valuable tool in a range of settings across the spectrum of treatment settings and patient populations. CAMS is being used in clinics and hospitals as both a one-session intervention to short-term approach during an inpatient stay to an ongoing treatment in intensive outpatient programs. CAMS has been incorporated in the assessment process for Mobile Crisis Response Teams in multiple states and local organizations to facilitate decisions about disposition and treatment options for patients in crisis. Both Military Behavioral Health providers and VA inpatient and outpatient providers use CAMS with their patients. CAMS has been successfully implemented in Soverign Nations and Tribes and has been integrated into Zero Suicide intiatives both in the U.S. and internationally.

Clinicians and patients report a positive experience using CAMS and find that the flexible framework makes it possible to incorporate a range of treatment modalities. Organizations and groups may arrange to obtain training in CAMS for their clinicians by contacting our team to discuss training options.


Our CAMS trainings for Organizations and Groups often incorporate the 4 components of CAMS Foundational Training in a flexible and customizable approach.

We work closely with an organization to determine the goals of training and the best approach that is efficient and beneficial to prepare and support clinicians to feel confident in using CAMS with suicidal patients.

Training may include:

  1. The CAMS Book, Managing Suicidal Risk, A Collaborative Approach, 2nd Edition
  2. CAMS Online Video course
  3. CAMS Pratical Role Play Training at your site
  4. CAMS Consultation Calls

Our team is available to discuss the options and design a program that meets your specific needs for the patient population your organization serves.



CAMS is Zero-Suicide friendly and has been integrated into many Zero Suicide initiatives in the United States and abroad (e.g., Australia). Because of its flexibility, CAMS can be readily adapted into a range of healthcare settings to meet the Zero Suicide sub-goal of treating suicide directly.

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CAMS-care has experience working with funding agencies and we can help in the preparation of a grant or contract proposal and assist in collecting data relevant to the needs of the funding agency.

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CAMS has been used extensively within inpatient settings and as a brief intervention within psychiatric consultation-liaison services.

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In recent years CAMS has been systematically rolled-out as part of state-level suicide prevention efforts. We have trained thousands of providers across different systems of care and different mental health care disciplines.

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CAMS has been successfully trained to providers who work in Military Treatment Facilities across services branches in over 30 installations across the U.S. CAMS has been similarly trained in over 20 VA Medical Centers and outpatient settings over the past 15 years.

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CAMS has been successfully trained within sovereign nations and clinicians working with Native American tribes. CAMS can readily accommodate traditional medicine, ritual, and culturally-sensitive interventions to treat patient-defined suicidal drivers.

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