Behavioral Health: Environmental Assessment

July 22, 2016 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​By the unique nature of the patient care they provide, behavioral health units within acute care facilities and freestanding behavioral health hospitals must identify and address numerous areas of risk of harm to patients and staff. Implementing policies and procedures that reflect legal and regulatory requirements, ensuring staff training, and evaluating and monitoring adherence to policy and procedure on an ongoing basis are essential to the safe provision of behavioral healthcare.

This Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) highlights areas of risk management and patient safety unique to behavioral health treatment facilities or units, with...

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