Collaborative assessment and management of suicidality at Menninger (CAMS-M): an inpatient adaptation and implementation

Bull Menninger Clin. Spring 2012;76(2):147-71. doi: 10.1521/bumc.2012.76.2.147.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric*
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • Motivation
  • Patient Admission*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Problem Solving
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Management
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Social Values
  • Suicidal Ideation*
  • Suicide / prevention & control*
  • Suicide / psychology
  • Texas