Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc. (ACH) is proud to announce a collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). NIMH is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. It is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the largest biomedical research agency in the world and part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Like ACH, NIMH’s mission is to “pave the way for prevention, recovery, and cure” of mental illness, recognizing the importance of effective suicide prevention.

ACH has worked closely with NIMH researchers in the development and approval of a jail-adapted ASQ (Ask Suicide Screening Questions) Tool.  The ASQ Tool is a research-supported screening that has been used effectively to identify patients at risk for suicide in medical settings (emergency department, inpatient medical/surgical units, outpatient clinics/primary care).

We are delighted to present to your jail team the updated ASQ Tool, with instructions that take into account jail processes. We all understand the toll that jail suicides have on our facilities and communities – the tragic loss of life, the negative effect on staff wellness, and the significant liability that often exists. It’s important to use the most defensible tools to identify at risk individuals. Using an NIMH approved tool is a step in the right direction.

If you have questions about Suicide Prevention or the ASQ Tool, please contact Dr. Melissa S. Caldwell, Director of Mental Health Services, at 309-692-8100 or melissa.caldwell@advancedch.com

Please click here for the ASQ Tool.

​Please click here for a PDF version of this announcement which includes the form on page 2.