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BHC News - Issue 1, 2017

BHC News is published by The Joint Commission’s Department of Communications.


Accreditation and Certification


Check out Phase 1 revisions to Behavioral Health Care accreditation manual

The Joint Commission is reviewing its Behavioral Health Care (BHC) accreditation manual as part of a two-phase project. The process will identify any standards that need maintenance, as well as clarify existing language, establish new elements of performance, as needed, or revise notes.


Revisions for Behavioral Health Care Outcomes Measures standard effective in 2018

Revisions that are effective Jan. 1, 2018, have been published for Behavioral Health Care Outcome Measures standard CTS.03.01.09 in the Care, Treatment, and Services chapter.


Q&A: how organizations can select reliable tools

Scott Williams, PsyD, director of health services research at The Joint Commission, recently spoke with BHC News about some suggested approaches to selecting instruments to meet the intent of the revised Behavioral Health Care (BHC) Outcome Measures standard.




Introducing Julia Finken, new executive director, BHC Accreditation program

Julia S. Finken, BSN, MBA, CPHQ, CSSBB, is the new executive director of The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation program. Finken succeeds Tracy Griffin Collander.




Surgeon General report highlights suggestions for more effective treatment for substance misuse

More than 27 million people across the country recently reported using illicit drugs or misusing prescription drugs, while more than 66 million people reported incidents of binge drinking in the past month.


Upcoming webinar: March 14

Coming up, a webinar will be held featuring Joint Commission Behavioral Health Care Accreditation staff.