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20-11-2023 | Original Paper

Mobile Crisis Services: A Clinician Survey of Current Suicide Prevention Practices and Barriers to Care Delivery

Authors: Emily M. Becker-Haimes, Temma Schaechter, Kelly L. Green, Kaneice Bridges, Shari Jager-Hyman

Published in: Community Mental Health Journal

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Abstract

Mobile crisis teams (MCTs) deploy clinicians to assist individuals in acute crisis in the community. Little is known about the extent to which these teams provide evidence-based practices (EBPs) for suicide prevention nor the barriers they face. We surveyed 120 MCT clinicians across the United States about their: (1) use of suicide risk screening and assessment tools; (2) strategies used to address suicide risk (both EBPs and non-EBPs); and (3) perceived barriers to high-quality MCT services. Nearly all clinicians reported use of validated suicide screening tools and generic “safety planning.” However, a sizeable minority also reported use of non-EBPs. Open-ended responses suggested many client/family-, clinician-, and systems-level barriers to MCT use of EBPs for suicide prevention. We identified several targets for future implementation efforts, including the need for de-implementation strategies to reduce use of ineffective and potentially harmful practices, and unique aspects of MCTs that require tailored implementation supports.
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Metadata
Title
Mobile Crisis Services: A Clinician Survey of Current Suicide Prevention Practices and Barriers to Care Delivery
Authors
Emily M. Becker-Haimes
Temma Schaechter
Kelly L. Green
Kaneice Bridges
Shari Jager-Hyman
Publication date
20-11-2023
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Community Mental Health Journal
Print ISSN: 0010-3853
Electronic ISSN: 1573-2789
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-023-01208-9