The idea for The Hope Institute came about in the Fall of 2020. The pandemic was in full swing, facilities were at their breaking point (as were clinicians), and there were waiting lists ranging from three to six months out for ongoing outpatient mental health services due to rising need. The question that had to be answered was, how do we provide crisis stabilization without continuing to burden a system that is already overburdened? We couldn't continue sending more people to the hospital to inevitably have to wait days in the emergency room for placement on the psychiatric unit. We also couldn’t add clients to clinician caseloads that were already full and could not accommodate clients’ needs.

What we have found is that we can create a short-term solution to address suicidality and stabilize those most in need.

Individuals struggling with suicidal ideation can come to The Hope Institute to reduce suicidal risk, increase hope, and obtain the ability to safely wait for ongoing outpatient care through stabilization. Our approach is unique, as it is based in the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), two of the most effective, evidence-based models currently available for treating suicidality.

The Hope Institute provides short-term outpatient care (6-12 weeks) that includes individual counseling, group counseling, and intensive outpatient options. We can offer clients up to four contact points per week for those most in need. Our team of highly trained clinicians has a proven track record of reducing suicidal ideation in six weeks or less.

At The Hope Institute, we are here to make sure that you are not alone in your struggles. Our goal is to offer clients an appointment within 24 business hours of referral to provide the lifesaving help our client's need.

Derek Lee Derek Lee, CEO, MRC, CRC, LPCC‑S, C‑DBT
David Jobes David Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP, Creator and Developer of CAMS
Andrew Evans Andrew Evans, President & COO of CAMS‑Care




Every crisis or struggle with suicide is not the same. Our therapists are trained in CAMS to make sure that clients are taken care of from first contact. CAMS is first and foremost a clinical philosophy of care, which is part of our standard training at THI. It is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a patient’s suicidal risk. It is a flexible approach that can be used across theoretical orientations and disciplines for a wide range of suicidal patients across treatment settings and different treatment modalities.


With the use of CAMS and DBT, counselor and client will work together to solve problems. DBT is a mindfulness-based therapy that gives clients skills in regulating their emotions, tolerating stress, maintaining healthy relationships, and thinking from perspectives other than their own. THI is home to multiple counselors who are certified in DBT and CAMS.


Groups at THI are skill-based and purposeful, ensuring that clients gain real skills they can use today and for years to come using CAMS and DBT. In addition to individual sessions, clients seeking DBT at our practice have access to group skills sessions and phone coaching. We currently have four group skills sessions running: two for adolescents and two for adults. THI is home to multiple counselors who are certified in DBT and CAMS.



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