Passive SI/HI


Note: please evaluate for Active SI/HI

Passive SI/HI Only

  • Complete a PHQ9

  • Complete the suicide assessment, .SUICIDEIMASCREEN

  • Complete a Safety Plan with the patient .SAFETYPLANIMA (ENGLISH or SPANISH)

  • Share resources National suicide prevention lifeline 1800273talk Textline 741741

  • Start medications if indicated and appropriate

  • Schedule follow up (phone call or visit in 1-2 weeks)

Consult to IMA behavioral Health (depression care)


For an IN PERSON Warm Hand-off or for help with a safety plan with the Behavioral Health Social Worker (occur ONLY on Mon-Fri, 9am -4pm)

  • Email the following information to the Depression Care/Psych SWs (make sure your email is the sender). The oncall SW will get back to you in 5-10 minutes either via phone or email to let you know if they are available to see the patient and when. If the patient is unable to wait in the exam room, patients can wait in your firm waiting room.

IMA Psych-BH Referral

  • After 4pm and on Saturdays, you may just place the behavioral health consult order and a SW will contact the patient within 5 business days, you can still send an email if an urgent appointment is needed (urgent consults will be called within 2 business days).

  • Depending on patients needs, insurance and desire for counseling, patients may be given an appointment for depression care and/or IMA Mental Health Evaluation Clinic, IMA Psych OR and outside referral with the help of IMA Social Work.

  • Appointments for IMA Eval can also be made at the front desk.

Our Team:

Depression Care Social Workers

Psychiatry Social Worker

  • Evelyn Crespo LCSW

Administrative Coordinator

MD Leads:


  • Dr. Maria Malaga


  • Dr. Lauren Peccoralo
  • Dr. Katherine Small

Alternative Mental Health Options

  • IMA SW Triage: assistance in identifying resources and making appointments for mental health and substance use. IMA has Social Work Triage Walk-in hours on Mondays-Fridays 9am-4pm. Services are first come, first serve. Please register at your primary care firm front desk to see Social Work during walk in hours.

  • Mount Sinai Hospital Outpatient Adult Psychiatry Clinic, 20 east 106th st, 9th floor or 1160 5th ave 212-241-5947

  • Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Outpatient Adult Psychiatry Clinic, 411 W 114th St, 3 and 5 floor 212-523-8080

  • Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders, 1000 10th Ave, 6th flr 212-523-8080

  • Institute for Family Health, Center for Counseling and Family Health Center of Harlem 1824 Madison Avenue 2nd Floor New York, NY 10035 (Ph.) 212-423-4200 , (Fax) 646-770-8401 Center for Counseling of Harlem hours: Monday- Friday: 8:30am-8pm Saturday-Sunday: 9am-5pm Walk-Ins receive same or next day appointment

  • Union Settlement 2089 3rd Ave (at 114th St) NY, NY 10029 212-828-6144 (Intake Coordinator)

  • Upper Manhattan Mental Health Center 212-694-9200 Located on Amsterdam between 145th and 146th For substance use must request Chemical Dependence Program

  • Metropolitan Hospital 1900 2nd Ave 1st Floor New York, NY 10029 212-423-6645 Mon-Fri: Clients seeking individual treatment who are not being referred by an inpatient unit or clinician must walk-in for their initial appointment and arrive by 7:45 am

To explore alternative referral options for this patient one may

  • visit

  • call or visit 1888-NYC-well (1-888-692-9355) and provide insurance info and zip code for suicide prevention