Joint Commission Behavioral Health Update
March 2018
In This Issue:

19 Years of Service
Greetings to Our Colleagues in Behavioral Healthcare!
It was great to catch up with so many of you at the annual meeting of the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare (formerly National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems) meeting in Washington, D.C., this month! Barrins & Associates was a Bronze Sponsor for the event. The agenda was chock-full of eminent speakers and the most up-to-date information on issues impacting the Behavioral Healthcare industry. Many of our clients are NABH members. If you are not, we encourage you to consider joining the association. Check out the NABH web site. There's a wealth of information on pertinent topics for behavioral health providers.   
In this month's newsletter, we are sharing feedback from recent TJC surveys as it relates to surveying of ligature risks. We are also providing an update on the new Behavioral Health requirements  that went into effect January 2018.

We value your feedback on the newsletter. Please send us your comments and tell us what topics you would like to see in future issues. We look forward to hearing from you! Also, feel free to to your colleagues.

Anne Barrins
Are You in your "Survey Window?"
Contact us now to schedule your mock survey. Many TJC surveys are occurring earlier than expected. Make sure to schedule your mock survey enough in advance to address our findings and ensure survey success!
Tip of the Month
TJC has posted a list of outcomes measurement tools on its website as a resource for organizations. If you're looking for an outcomes tool, check out the Behavioral Healthcare Instruments listing to see a description of the various instruments available.
Why Choose
Barrins & Associates?

"We're expecting our next TJC survey in 2019. We recently used Barrins & Associates for a mock survey. Their knowledge of TJC standards was impressively in-depth. Plus, their insights into current "hot button issues" gave us an inside track for what to expect on our survey. Most important, they were highly collegial and went out of their way to educate our team. Outstanding consultation on all fronts!"

Chuck Flavio, CEO
St Simons-By-The-Sea Hospital
St. Simons Island, Georgia
Survey Findings Related to Ligature Risks
Intense scrutiny on ligature risks continues for inpatient psychiatric units, both in freestanding psychiatric hospitals and inpatient psychiatric units of medical/surgical hospitals. As the field continues to work toward making these settings ligature resistant, it's important to know just what is being cited by TJC surveyors these days. Thus, we are providing feedback from recent surveys of our clients so you can use this information to guide your environmental risk reduction efforts.
New 2018 BH Requirements Now Being Surveyed
For those of you who have organizations and programs surveyed under TJC's Behavioral Health Care manual, remember there are new requirements effective January 1, 2018, now being surveyed by the BH surveyors. We've discussed these in past issues and are summarizing them below, so you can be sure you've modified your processes and policies to comply with all the new requirements.
Barrins & Associates is pleased to welcome five new clients:  
ClearVista Health & Wellness in Lorain, OhioRiverVista Health & Wellness in Columbus, OhioOak Hills Behavioral Center in Jackson, TennesseeUT Health Harris County Psychiatric Center in Houston, Texas, and Saint Simons By-The-Sea in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
  We are pleased to be working with these clients on accreditation preparation and continuous regulatory readiness
Barrins & Associates provides Joint Commission and CMS consulting services for the Behavioral Healthcare industry. Our clients include psychiatric hospitals and freestanding Behavioral Healthcare organizations. We specialize in providing Survey Preparation and Continuous Survey Readiness services for the Behavioral Healthcare industry. Barrins & Associates was founded by Anne Barrins who was a Joint Commission surveyor for 13 years.