Oct. 2021
The final deadline for implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act has passed. Whether or not your organization was affected by it, one of the fundamental concepts for this federal mandate was that organizations can and should provide the highest possible quality care to those they serve. Thus, it is no wonder that accreditation was drafted into the Act as a requirement. At Accreditation Guru, we have always understood that while the process may be arduous, the outcome has potential for improvement in everything from staff satisfaction and retention rates, to quantifiably improved outcomes for those in care, and even the ability to drive revenue and growth.

We have so many ways to approach the process - including our upcoming NASW-approved Bootcamp on Nov. 16. Not only will you get a virtual hands-on approach to starting on the road to accreditation, but you can also earn CEUs! If you are interested in understanding more about the process or your organizational baseline - contact us!

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Accrediting Bodies: How to Determine the Right Fit
In this video, Jennifer discusses factors to consider when choosing an accrediting body for your organization.
Shop Talk
Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) Mobile Units
SAMHSA is working with the approved OTP accrediting bodies to assure their standards incorporate revised guidance from DEA on a mobile component. For more information, click here.

SAMHSA has distributed $825 million in grant funding to 231 Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) and awarded $250 million to 100 Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs) to improve access to mental health and addiction treatment services.

Family First Act
The Family First Prevention Services Act became effective in all states as of October 1. Click here for information on prevention programs/services.

Revised Joint Commission Accreditation Requirements
Revised Performance Improvement (PI) and Leadership (LD) standards will be effective January 1, 2022. These revisions strengthen the link between leadership and performance improvement efforts. Contact us for more information and assistance with understanding and implementing compliance by January 1!

Accreditation Bootcamp - Join Us! 
Tues. Nov. 16 / 1:00p - 4:30p EST
Lay the ground work for your organization's best path to accreditation.
  • Readiness assessment and personalized analysis.
  • Select examples and checklists.
  • A comprehensive view of the process and next steps.
Company News
Community Behavioral Health
Accreditation and CCBHCs
Learn how accreditation aligns with SAMHSA's expectations for quality of care provided in a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC).
Click here to read our blog Accreditation - A Solid Foundation for a CCBHC!
Survey Follow Up
We had a GREAT response to the survey regarding programs and ideas! In the coming months, we will be announcing some new programs in development but until then - congratulations to Cheree Haffner from Sierra Child and Family  Services for winning our raffle of two free hours of consultation!
Upcoming Conferences and Presentations:
Oct. 12 - 14: Alliance - COA Virtual Learning Experience (SPARK) Accreditation Guru will be sponsoring and attending this virtual conference. Click here for more information.

Oct. 20 - 22: Oregon Council for Behavioral Health Annual Leadership Conference (OCBH) Accreditation Guru is sponsoring the welcome reception, and Jennifer will be attending and exhibiting at this behavioral health conference in Sunriver, Oregon. For more information and to register, click here.

Nov. 8 - 10: Texas Child Care Administrators Conference Jennifer will facilitate the session Utilizing Your National Accreditation to Drive Revenue Growth and Reduce Costs on Tuesday, November 9th in Session C. Then, don't miss the Accreditation Guru, Inc. booth, hosted by both Jennifer and Sara. For more information on this conference click here. Registration is open!

Jan. 26 - 28: National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs Annual Conference Jennifer will facilitate the session, You're Accredited, Now What? Utilizing Your National Accreditation To Drive Revenue Growth and Reduce Costs and will be exhibiting at this conference in Tucson, Arizona. Click here for more information.
Accreditation in ActionTM
Congratulations to the following organizations for achieving accreditation - it was a privilege to partner with them on the road to accreditation!
St. John's Residence for Boys - COA Accreditation
Little Flower Youth and Family Services of New York - COA Accreditation
Waccamaw Youth Center, Inc. - COA Accreditation
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