Joint Commission Revisiting Corridor Ceilings

The Joint Commission’s expert panel on suicide reduction met again on October 9, 2018.  The subject of ceilings in corridors that are not fully observable was discussed, among other issues.  The group decided to revisit this issue in the light … Read more

JOINT COMMISSION LIGATURE FAQs – JULY 2018

The Joint Commission has released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that contains responses to inquiries that have been submitted regarding their Recommendations Regarding Environmental Hazards for Providers and Surveyors in several editions of their Perspectives newsletter starting in November of … Read more

JOINT COMMISSION OUTPATIENT / RESIDENTIAL LIGATURE RECOMMENDATIONS JAN. 2018

The January 2018 issue of The Joint Commission’s Perspectives addresses the recommendations that came from the Expert Panel’s third meeting  (October 2017) regarding ligature attachment and other risks in non-hospital settings such as: TJC Perspectives January 2018 outpatient Residential Treatment … Read more

JOINT COMMISSION HOSPITAL LIGATURE RECOMMENDATIONS NOV. 2017

November 2017 – The Joint Commission has released their recommendations regarding Environmental November Perspectives Suicide Risk Reduction 171109 Hazards for Providers and Surveyors.  In an attempt to get this information circulated quickly, and with concern that the exact wording be … Read more

CMS Ligature Risk Policy Clarification

CMS released a Clarification of Ligature Risk Policy to its State Survey Agency Directors on December 8, 2017.  In the interest of making sure the exact wording of this important document is available, the full text of this document is below: … Read more

Official Announcement from The Joint Commission & CMS on Ligature Issues

August 31, 2017 This email is being sent out on behalf of Mark Pelletier, Chief Operating Officer- Accreditation and Certification Operations  Dear Colleagues: Recently, CMS and The Joint Commission have been in discussions regarding deficiencies related to ligature risk and … Read more

Ligature Attachment Points TJC & CMS

August 24, 2017 Our meeting last Friday at the headquarters of The Joint Commission (TJC) was encouraging, but not definitive.  TJC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had a high level meeting last week and are working … Read more

LIGATURE ATTACHMENT ISSUES WITH TJC AND CMS

August 15, 2017 There has been a lot of discussion and confusion going on the last few months regarding ligature attachment issues with regard to The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This all … Read more

NASA Deep Space Habitat

James M. Hunt, AIA , President of Behavioral Health Facility Consulting, LLC is honored to be invited to participate as a subject matter expert in a NASA Standing Review Panel to assist with the further development of the deep space … Read more

Patient Bathroom Faucets

Ligature resistant push button operated faucet Lavatory faucets have been difficult to provide safely for many years.  Their basic function is to provide water for patients to use while washing their hands and faces and brushing their teeth.  In behavioral healthcare … Read more