Adolescent Safety Assessment Program
The Adolescent Safety Assessment Program (ASAP) addresses the shortage of mental health services in the local area for teens at risk for suicide. ASAP provides brief, evidence-based interventions to youth who present to the Stanford Children’s Health Outpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic or to the Stanford Emergency Department with recent suicidal and/or self-harm behaviors. ASAP provides youth and families with 1-4 sessions that include diagnostic evaluation, treatment recommendations, assistance with linkage to ongoing follow-up care, and a series of safety focused strategies known to decrease suicide risk.
Criteria for referrals to the clinic
- Adolescent has a recent history of a suicide attempt (within the past 4-6 months)
- OR, Adolescent has a recent history of non-suicidal self-injury/self-harm (past 4 months)
- OR, Adolescent has had recent suicidal ideation (within the past 4 months) requiring hospitalization or an ER visit
- AND, Adolescent is not currently in treatment with another psychotherapy provider and is in urgent need of services