Joint Commission Revisions to Behavioral Health Care Standards, Effective January 1, 2018

PUBLISHED: Jan 9, 2017

As StayAlert! reported in December 2016, The Joint Commission has made revisions and some additions to standards within their Behavioral Health Care (BHC) accreditation manual. The changes are part of a two-phased project that is addressing BHC standards that need maintenance and/or updating. See the StayAlert! Notice published on December 14, 2016 for a review of the phase-one changes.

Today’s notice reviews the phase-two changes which are effective January 1, 2018. Care Treatment and Services Chapter 03.01.09 has been revised to require the following:

  • Use of a standardized tool or instrument that monitors an individual’s progress in achieving his or her care, treatment, or service goals.
  • Collection and analysis of data collected though use of the standardized tool to inform the goals and objectives of the care, treatment and service goals.
  • Evaluation of data to evaluate outcomes of care, treatment and services goals.

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