Edition 8.1 – June 8, 2019 now available for free download. CLICK HERE 


CMS Public Proposal Period Closes June 27, 2019 for Clarification of Ligature Risk Interpretive Guidelines

CMS is requesting public comment on its proposed clarification of Ligature Risk Interpretive Guidelines. This is CMS’ response to the work of The Joint Commission’s Expert Panel on Suicide Prevention that created the Recommendations that were published starting with TJC’s November 2019 issue of their Perspectives newsletter.  For full text of CMS’ draft proposal and instructions on how to submit your comments directly to CMS,  CLICK HERE


FGI Guidelines Public Proposal  Period Closes June 30, 2019!

Are there parts of the FGI Guidelines that you feel should be clarified or modified to better guide the design and construction of psychiatric hospitals and other behavioral health facilities?  Here is your chance to make your voice heard.  The Public Proposal Period for the 2022 Edition of the FGI Guidelines is now open.  Get your commends in soon.  This window will close at midnight on Sunday June 30, 2019.  It will be here sooner than you think, so send your comments in now.

                            For more information CLICK HERE  


Kimberly McMurray now member of FGI’s Health Guidelines Revisions Committee Behavioral Health Topic Group

We are pleased to announce that Kim now has a seat at the table to help provide your feedback regarding ways the FGI Guidelines may be revised to provide clear, realistic and helpful direction for all behavioral health facilities and the designers  working on them.

                        Please email her with your most pressing issues,


The Joint Commission Revises Stance on where drop ceilings may be used in behavioral health facilities.

In an FAQ published in the January 2019 Edition of their Perspectives newsletter, they report that:

“…dropped ceilings are allowed in corridors and common areas where staff are regularly present as allowable by the facility’s safety risk assessment. These areas do not need to be in constant view of staff but should be a part of the standard safety rounds conducted by staff (for example, 15-minute patient safety checks, shift-to-shift environmental rounds, and so on).”

                           Full text of this document is available CLICK HERE