CAMS-care was recently recommended as a trusted resource for mental health professionals in the March 2019 edition of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Monitor on Psychology, a leading authority in the industry. The article, entitled “Worrying Trends in U.S. Suicide Rates” noted a 33% increase in suicide rates from 1999 to 2017 in the U.S. while at the same time rates have decreased in other countries. The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention standards of care for suicidal individuals recommends assessing patients’ risk of suicide at intake and ongoing throughout treatment, completing a safety plan which is reviewed and updated each session until risk is reduced, providing resources in case of crisis, and reducing access to lethal means. The CAMS framework provides clinicians and patients with a structured collaborative format to meet these standards of care. Research demonstrates that both patients and therapists like the CAMS framework and clinicians and risk of suicide, on average, is reduced within six to eight sessions of CAMS.
At CAMS-care, we offer suicide assessment and prevention training, consulting, and resources. For more information on CAMS, please contact us.