Year: 2013 Source: Bulletin Of The Menninger Clinic.(2012).76(2):147-71.doi: 10.1521/bumc.2012.76.2.147 SIEC No: 20130126

In this article, the authors describe CAMS-M, a novel approach to working therapeutically with suicidal psychiatric inpatients, with the goal of reducing the likelihood of future suicidal crises. CAMS-M, developed at The Menninger Clinic, is an adaptation of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), a novel framework with promising early research findings in outpatient settings (Jobes, 2006). Here, we provide a detailed description of CAMS-M, describe how it differs from CAMS in its original form, and discuss issues around implementation in a hospital setting. We conclude that CAMS-M holds considerable promise in risk management and therapeutic intervention with suicidal patients in the inpatient environment.