Accreditation Guru News
April 2023
April Update
As we move forward into spring, the industry is booming! Read on for an update on first year implementation of the congregate care provisions of FFPSA, information about Social Determinants of Health, and a newly accredited residential behavioral health facility in North Carolina.
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On March 29th, AG was proud to sponsor and attend Nonprofit Westchester's event, "A Case for Inclusion: Leveraging the Talent of People With Disabilities in the Workplace," where attendees discussed Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility. And, yes, there were American Sign Language Interpreters!

In addition to a dynamic and informative discussion, they provided a Small Business at Work Toolkit to outline how businesses can successfully hire and retain employees with disabilities. You can access the toolkit by clicking here.
In 2020, the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) took the bold step (as have other state and national associations) to require that all member organizations be nationally accredited by June 30, 2023. The leadership and board of directors of NATSAP understand that being accredited takes a service provider on a higher path to distinguish NATSAP members from other, non-accredited therapeutic schools and programs and to build an association defined by quality and excellence, one that takes safety and evidence-based outcomes seriously.

For assistance or if you have questions, please contact us.
CCBHC Accreditation
Being an accredited Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) goes above and beyond SAMHSA’s required criteria by providing validation of, and guidelines for, delivering required services in a safe and effective way and helping to improve the quality and safety of care. Accreditation is a strong support to SAMHSA’s required attestation of compliance with CCBHC criteria.

The Joint Commission has approved new standards for CCBHCs. These new standards align with SAMHSA’s CCBHC criteria and provide a “blueprint” for becoming a CCBHC or maintaining compliance with the required SAMHSA criteria.

Other accrediting bodies such as CARF, COA, ACHC also offer accreditation of CCBHC required services.

For additional information on how accreditation provides a solid foundation for a CCBHC, read our blog. Contact us for assistance in developing and maintaining compliance with SAMHSA's CCBHC criteria.
Early Implementation of FFPSA Congregate Care Provisions
The American Academy of Pediatrics (APA) and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago have published an assessment of the first year implementation of the congregate care provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). Click here to read this report.
What is SDoH?
More attention and funding is being focused on the importance of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) in the treatment for individuals with mental health or substance use issues. For organizations delivering services to individuals with Medicaid coverage, many states are covering services to improve the environments of these individuals.
If your organization is considering accreditation, but you're unsure of where to start, take our FREE Readiness Assessment Survey! This short assessment only takes about 5-8 minutes and highlights some of the accrediting bodies' key focus areas to help identify your priorities for moving forward. Once completed, we'll contact you to set up a complimentary, commitment-free Zoom to review your answers. Click here to start!
We were happy to be a trusted partner with Synergy Recovery as they achieved their initial four-year accreditation with COA. Their hard work has paid off and we are celebrating their commitment to quality care!
COA Accredited - March 2023
Located in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, Synergy Recovery is an integrated mental health and substance use disorder treatment facility. Their non-hospital based residential facility provides individualized services to assist with detox, stabilization, and mental health counseling. They strive to create a place where their clients can feel "...comfortable and supported as they take the next step in their journey towards recovery." - Carl Spake, Synergy Clinical Director.
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Los Angeles, CA
NATCON - The National Council for Mental Wellbeing
At the largest conference in mental health and substance use treatment in the country, Jennifer will be moderating the panel, "Creating Momentum in Challenging Times Through Accreditation," featuring panelists from The Joint Commission, CARF, and COA. Schedule some time for a one-on-one with Jennifer, or stop by the AG booth, #221! You can learn more about this conference by clicking here.
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Minneapolis, MN
ACRC - The Association of Children's Residential and Community services Annual Conference
Jennifer will be moderating the panel, "How Accreditation Enhances the Care, Treatment, and Service Experience of Children, Youth, and Families," and will feature panelists from three accrediting bodies. 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.
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Palm Springs, CA
NCAD - The West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders
Jennifer will be sponsoring and exhibiting at this conference, so 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.
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