Ligature and/or and Suicide Risk Reduction - Requirements for Substance Abuse Units - Miscellaneous Requirements

What are the requirements for an inpatient substance abuse detox unit?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.

Organizations providing inpatient substance abuse detox treatment (as the primary focus of treatment) should follow the recommendations applicable to general acute care inpatient settings, given the complexity of physical health care required to care for these patients. These units do not need to meet the same recommendations as psychiatric inpatient units. As with any patient receiving treatment for mental health, screening, assessment, and reassessment are critical when determining the appropriate level of care.

This FAQ was also published in the Perspectives® Newsletter, July 2018, Volume 38, Issue 7 - The Official Newsletter of The Joint Commission.

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Last updated on February 19, 2021
Manual: Critical Access Hospital
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