1) 2012. Incorporate tools for domestic violence screening both at intake and periodically throughout treatment. These tools should address overt acts of domestic violence in the past or present as well as elucidate behavior that is highly controlling, emotionally or psychologically abusive.
2) 2012. Treatment for families in which domestic violence is present requires a specialized intervention. In order to ensure that mental heath professionals are able to effectively assess for and successfully intervene in domestic violence dynamics, licensing boards could require domestic abuse education, as they do for ethics, alcoholism, drug abuse, autism, and child sexual abuse.
3) 2013. REQUIRE that mental health professionals receive regular continuing education on Mandated Reporting, Reporting Threats to Self and Others, Homicidal Ideations, and Duty to Warn, especially as these topics relate to domestic violence, in order to maintain their license to practice.
4) 2013. The Team recommends that the provider conduct a standard violence risk assessment. To facilitate adherence to this, the Team further recommends that the state licensing boards overseeing mental health practitioners adopt a standard violence risk assessment and that they require all licensed practitioners to receive annual continuing education on Duty to Warn.
5) 2016. Any suicidal thought/ideation should be considered high risk by medical professionals no matter the patient's rating and should be followed up immediately with collateral contacts, including family.
6) 2016. Review reasons for lack of progress with clients to better make recommendations and referrals that will be followed up prior to discharging from care.
7) 2017. Consider wrap-around MICD services to include a review of criminal justice system involvement and a case plan that incorporates services to help mitigate criminal behaviors.