The CAMS Framework®

Systems of Care

We are passionate about creating patient-centered systems of care to effectively treat people experiencing serious suicidal thoughts.

Beyond identifying individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts, we believe treatment must also include public and community awareness, screenings, suicide risk assessments, non-demand caring contacts, technology platforms for care, psychosocial services, and around-the-clock support.

We’re all in this together.

The Zero Suicide Initiative

The Zero Suicide Initiative (Zero Suicide) aims to elevate suicide identification and care in healthcare systems. Since its 2012 launch and as part of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Zero Suicide has shown notable reductions in suicide and suicide behaviors. It has also shown improvements to using evidence-based practices.

Zero Suicide promotes providers’ evidence-based practices by implementing seven core elements. CAMS specializes in training, identifying, engaging, and most importantly, treating.

The Zero Suicide Initiative

Suicide Status Form (SSF)

The SSF is a unique, multipurpose clinical tool that guides the CAMS Framework.

Providers and patients sit side by side to collaboratively complete the form, identifying, planning for, and treating suicidal risk through various quantitative and qualitative assessments. This comprehensive document also serves as the medical record to reduce malpractice risk.

CAMS utilizes the SSF in three phases:

  1. Beginning (the index first session of initial assessment and treating planning)
  2. Middle (the interim sessions of CAMS that begin with SSF Core Assessments, focusing on treating suicidal drivers, and treatment plan updates)
  3. End (the final session of CAMS and the completion of the Outcome/Disposition SSF)

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