July 2019 FAQ – Acceptable Replacements for Solid Ceilings

TJC FAQ 190722

  • Issued July 22, 2019

National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) (Behavioral Health / Behavioral Health Care)


Ligature and Suicide Risk Reduction – Ceiling Systems

What ceiling systems are allowable as a replacement for a solid ceiling?


A monolithic ceiling must either be a solid structure or use a concealed grid system that meets the following requirements:

  • No exposed components of the ceiling system can be used as a ligature attachment point (i.e. rails, tees, mains)
  • Panels can in no way be removed by the patient.
  • No impact will dislodge the panel(s)