Behavioral Health /Other/RixsonCOM/Solutions/Behavioral%20Health/Behavioral%20Health%20Page%20Header.jpg Safety is always a must in buildings and the hardware involved, but especially so when it comes to behavioral health centers. Whether it is a crisis intervention facility or mental health clinic the requirements and standards for hardware are much more stringent and necessary. Products such as knobs and closers can become tools in harm, known as ligature points, if not built to be resistant to such attempts. RIXSON offers products that not only are safe in mental health facilities, but approved by New York's Office of Mental Health (OMH), which independently tests and rates hardware products. OMH's Rating System Ranging from low to high risk, products are approved or rejected by whether they can be used as ligature points, or anywhere a string/object could be attached or catch on hardware for the purpose of self-harm. Low risk applies to products that would never be in patient areas, typically staff only areas. Medium risk areas are those where patients can access but only occasionally or under supervision. The products approved for high risk areas must be ligature resistant due to patients being by themselves or completely unsupervised.