Accreditation Guru News
December 2022
Holiday Update
Happy Holidays from Accreditation Guru! As this year draws to a close, we are thankful for the support of our clients and associates. This year would not have been possible without your dedication, and we are so proud to have partnered with all of you who achieved your (re)accredited status! Read on for news about CCBHCs, a new Joint Commission resource center, a FREE AG webinar, and an update from an organization who recently had their COA survey!

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What Accreditation Means for Human Service Organizations

Accreditation shows that you are providing the highest quality support available, and that you adhere to a standard that is above and beyond. Click below to learn more about what accreditation means for human service organizations.

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Expiring Waivers for Cross State Lines Licensure Requirements
As states begin to lift their COVID-19 emergency waivers (or let them expire), many of the telehealth and licensure flexibilities enacted at the start of the pandemic are also expiring. The Alliance for Connected Care has created a chart outlining which states have lifted their COVID-19 emergency waivers, and how this has impacted telehealth and licensing flexibilities in each state.
Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs)
A CCBHC model is designed to ensure access to coordinated, comprehensive behavioral health care. CCBHCs are required to serve anyone who requests care for mental health or substance use regardless of their ability to pay, place of residence, or age - including developmentally appropriate care for children and youth. They have grown from the original 66 in 2017 in 8 states to 500+ clinics operating in 46 states, Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., and Guam. To learn about CCBHCs’ impact on mental health and substance use disorder services, click here for the National Council for Mental Wellbeing’s CCBHCs 2022 Impact Report.
SAMHSA Interim Strategic Plan (2023-2026)
This winter, SAMHSA will be seeking feedback on its strategic plan for 2023-2026. To help prepare your feedback, click here to review its interim plan outlining its priorities and core principles.
Joint Commission Health Care Equity Resource Center
The Joint Commission has created a resource center to assist organizations in reducing health care disparities and to assist in compliance with the related new standards effective January 2023 applicable to behavioral healthcare organizations providing addictions services, mental health services, eating disorders treatment, services for people with intellectual/developmental delays and organizations providing primary physical health care as part of their service delivery.
Performance Improvement Data Collection
Determining the data to collect for your performance improvement process was one of the accreditation challenges identified and discussed in a recent AG webinar, Navigating the Accreditation Process - Where Organizations Struggle. In addition to data collection requirements from licensing/regulatory bodies, funding sources, and your accrediting body, you might consider collecting data based on stakeholders’ feedback, data related to specific circumstances (e.g., opening a new program, offering services at a new location) and high risk/problem prone situations (e.g., runaways from residential programs, physical injuries requiring emergency medical care.)

AG’s experts can assist with your performance improvement plan/process or any accreditation challenges that you might be struggling with.
American Hospital Association Studies on Pediatric Behavioral Health
Two brand-new case studies have been released by the American Hospital Association (AHA). These studies focused on treating both the mental and physical well-being of the child, as well as improving their mental health services through dedication and partnerships. Click here to read more.
FREE WEBINAR!
How Accreditation Supports Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions in the behavioral health care field have dramatically increased since 2018 with a record-breaking number occurring in 2021. If your organization is considering, or is in the process of a merger, acquisition or affiliation, please join us on December 14 for a FREE 30-minute webinar. Click here for more information and to register!
CONGRATULATIONS!
We were happy to be a trusted partner with this organization as they achieved reaccreditation. Their hard work has paid off and we are celebrating their commitment to quality care!
COA Reaccredited - December 2022
For over forty years, Eggleston Youth Centers have provided services to children and youth throughout Los Angeles County. Their mission is to create nurturing, compassionate environments where victims of abuse and neglect, and those suffering from behavioral health or substance use disorders can recover and go on to lead meaningful lives.
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How Accreditation Supports Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions in the behavioral health care field have dramatically increased since 2018 with a record-breaking number occurring in 2021. If your organization is considering, or is in the process of a merger, acquisition, or affiliation, please join us for a FREE, 30-minute webinar. Click here for more information and to register!
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