On November 29, 2018, in a revision to its National Patient Safety Goal, The Joint Commission announced that it will require hospitals to screen individuals being treated or evaluated for behavioral health conditions for suicide risk using a validated tool. These revisions are effective starting July 1, 2019. However, the revised Goal does not require universal screening for all individuals. Organizations must develop a plan to mitigate suicide based on an individual’s overall level of risk, and organizations must follow written policies and procedures for counseling and follow-up care for individuals identified as at risk for suicide. The . . .