Accreditation Guru News
October 2023
October Update
As we usher in the Fall weather, it's time to bundle up and buckle down! Read on for some industry news, including new state requirements and kinship foster care standards, as well as a new blog from Accreditation Guru on how to save money as you pursue accreditation.
Advantages of Obtaining Behavioral Health Accreditation

Accreditation is an investment of both time and money for you and your behavioral health organization. So why go through it? Take a look at this new video to learn more!

Kinship Foster Care Standards
This month, the Administration for Children and Families finalized a rule that allows states to set standards for kinship foster homes that are specific to kin. Our friends at TACFS explain the significance of this new rule for children and youth needing out-of-home care. For Title IV-E funding, each state’s foster care licensing agency is now permitted to develop specific kinship foster home standards.
Importance of Strategic Planning
Although the focus is on non-profit organizations, the information shared by Forbes in its article, 
The Importance of Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations may be of interest to both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

If your organization is looking to create a strategic plan, AG can help! Please contact us.
New State Requirements
  • As of October 3, 2023, a new community behavioral health services provider applying for initial certification of services must hold national accreditation for the services that OhioMHAS determines have national accreditation standards.
  • Organizations that have applied for initial certification of services prior to October 3, 2023 and currently certified community behavioral health providers must have national accreditation when seeking renewal certification on or after October 1, 2025.
Oregon SUD providers were required to submit ASAM applications this month and will need to begin providing programs in alignment with ASAM Levels of Care (LOC) criteria by April 1, 2024. Licensing and Certification compliance reviews and investigations will use the new ASAM rules for all programs starting April 1, 2024.

AG’s knowledge and expertise in national accreditation and in ASAM LOC criteria can support Ohio and Oregon providers’ compliance with these new licensing/certification requirements.
Telemedicine Temporary Rule Extended by DEA
The DEA has re-extended COVID-19 Telemedicine Flexibilities for Prescriptions of Controlled Medications through December 31, 2024. This extension allows prescribing of controlled medications via telemedicine even when the prescriber has not conducted an in-person evaluation.

Costs associated with accreditation can be a barrier to human service organizations who wish to pursue it, especially those with limited resources. However, it is important to remember that becoming nationally accredited can result in significant organizational improvement. But how does one approach the initial costs without breaking the bank? Click here to read Accreditation Guru's new blog and discover tips for approaching the cost of national accreditation!
We were happy to be a trusted partner with these organizations as they achieved (re)accreditation. Their hard work has paid off and we are celebrating their commitment to quality care!
IACET Reaccredited - July 2023
This educational service, located in Queens, NY, offers classes that provide further training for those in the field of construction. Their courses offer in-depth knowledge about various construction site safety parameters, management skills, and instruction for pursuing different construction-related trades.
Licensed in Virginia - September 2023
Warrior's heart is an addiction and PTSD treatment center that is committed to aiding in the recovery of veterans, law enforcement officers, paramedics/EMTs, firefighters, and more. They strive to provide an uplifting and relieving experience where warriors can heal amongst brothers and sisters while learning lifelong skills to help them stay clean and at peace. They recently opened a new facility in Virginia which is now fully licensed and operational!
3 - 5
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
NCAD - East Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders
Jennifer will be exhibiting at this conference and can answer your questions about all things accreditation! Schedule some time for a one-on-one with Jennifer, or stop by the AG booth! You can learn more about this conference by clicking here.
12 - 15
Lake Buena Vista, FL
GXC - Global Exchange Conference
If you'll be in Lake Buena Vista, be sure to catch Jennifer at this conference, she'd love to connect! You can also email us to schedule some time for a one-on-one. Learn more about this conference by clicking here.
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