Safety Plans | Means Restriction | Inpatient Hospitalization
A safety plan is a hierarchically arranged list of strategies
that the patient agrees to employ in the event of a suicidal crisis.
The development of a safety plan is considered one of the most critical
parts of the assessment and treatment of suicidal youth and involves
collaboration among the clinician, patient, and family. On an outpatient
basis, the safety plan is implemented once it is determined that
the patient is safe to maintain as an outpatient; in fact, the safety
plan may be used to help determine appropriate level of care (i.e.,
the inability to collaborate on a safety plan may be indicative
of need for a higher level of care). However, care should be taken
to avoid the use of coercion when negotiating the safety plan so
as not to mask the adolescent's suicidal risk.