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Jail Suicide Assessment Tool (2002)

"The Jail Suicide Assessment Tool (JSAT) is a suggested interview format for conducting structured suicide risk assessment interviews with adults who are incarcerated. The foundation of the JSAT is based upon two points: I) The kind of information obtained through a structured clinical interview is superior to the results of any single psychological test or scale, and 2) The essential feature of assessing suicidal risk is informed, professional judgment. The primary purpose o/the JSAT is to cue correction-based menial health practitioners in the gathering of information generally viewed as essential in the decision making process for assessing suicide risk. This instrument can also be used to train staff, objectively evaluate mental health practices, clarify processes for litigation purposes, while serving as a point for future research and agency policy discussion."

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